January 20th, 2009
06:33 PM ET

Memo to federal government: Stop!

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Ed Henry
From Senior White House Correspondent

Another sign of transition - According to White House officials, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel this afternoon signed a memorandum sent to all agencies and departments to stop all pending regulations until a legal and policy review can be conducted by the Obama Administration.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    I certainly hope that this will include the environmental regulation "tweaks" the prior Administration were trying to push through before Obama took office – the ones on Endangered Species and the Clean Water act. If these are already in effect I hope the next step will be to reverse them.

    January 20, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  2. carolyn eddings

    That makes perfect sense, Bush has this nation in a mess. I'm sure
    there are all kinds of things to undo!!!

    January 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  3. Clarence Albuquerque

    I'm sure the President wishes he could say. "stop the show" (at least long enough for him and Mrs. Obama to catch their breath) especially after what I've seen of today's grueling schedule.... and it ain't over yet.... it's all just beginning. Best of Luck to them all

    January 20, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  4. Teri at the beach


    January 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  5. Tim Kelly

    That's Right! Please Stop! This is a new day. Like President Obama said today in his speech,

    "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government."

    January 20, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  6. Heath Buckmaster

    More like Stop and Back up. Hopefully they will review and reverse decisions that were made foolishly.

    January 20, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  7. Tracy

    Shouldn't this be called "Stop the Madness"?

    January 20, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  8. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    EXCELLENT !!!!!!!!!!

    I just watched about a minute of the G W Bush Pathetic counter inauguration 'ceremony' in Texas before getting sick to my stomach. What a simply Pathetic display of ego-centric nonsense with Bush trying to make huimself sound like a 'hero'.

    The man is a complete and utter MORON !

    January 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  9. rk

    Isin't that a usual practice by new administrations? Just wondering.

    January 20, 2009 at 6:37 pm |