by Itunuoluwa Adebo
President Trump in his drive to dismantle President Barack Obama’s regulatory legacy, has signed executive orders with great fanfare and breathed life into a once-obscure law to render null numerous Obama-era regulations.
The administration is also engaging another tactic, going to court to stop federal judges from ruling on a broad array of regulations that are being challenged by Trump’s own conservative allies.
These cases were filed long before the election. Now, Trump administration officials, cant wait to flip the government position, want judges to put the cases on hold and give federal agencies time to revise or shrink the Obama-era regulatory regime. They are also asking judges to keep any existing stays in place so that the contested regulations do not go into effect while the new administration considers its deregulatory strategy.
The Environmental Protection Agency persuaded an appeals court to give it a chance to revise existing limits on street-level smog. The EPA also wants a court to let it rewrite the Clean Power Plan that Obama showcased at the 2015 Paris climate conference. And the Justice Department has sought to review a Department of Health and Human Services regulation that prohibits health-care providers from discriminating against people on the basis of gender identity, sex stereotyping or the termination of a pregnancy.
The legal strategy is a critical part of the administration’s battle to reverse rules enacted in the final years of Obama’s tenure and Trump’s officials are leaving no stones unturned.