One Trump-Era Notion Biden May Want to Embrace

Independent regulators should analyze the costs and benefits of new rules, like executive agencies do.

January 04, 2021

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Susan E. Dudley & Sally Katzen


The last days of any administration will see “midnight” regulations and other last-ditch agency actions to try to cement the departing appointees’ priorities before the new guys take office. The incoming Biden team will surely do what every new administration does and cancel or overturn many of the executive orders and regulations the Trump administration has issued in recent weeks. But there’s one they should embrace: A Justice Department memorandum to the White House counsel that clears a path for improved decision-making by independent regulatory commissions.

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