Bloomberg Law
April 2, 2020, 4:55 PM

Trump Pressured to Halt Regulatory Agenda Except for Virus Rules

Cheryl Bolen
Cheryl Bolen
White House Reporter

The Trump administration has directed all agency rulemaking activities to continue despite growing calls from lawmakers, state attorneys general, and regulated entities to postpone consideration of any rule that doesn’t address the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Work on behalf of the American people must continue during this period,” White House regulatory chief Paul Ray wrote in a March 23 memo to agency leaders.

Ray heads the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an agency within the White House Office of Management and Budget that enforces the president’s regulatory policies. He said a wholesale extension of pending notices of proposed rulemakings “would ...

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