Tracking the Trump Administration’s “Midnight Regulations”

The administration is rushing to implement dozens of policy changes in its final days. We’re following some of the most consequential and controversial.

by Isaac Arnsdorf, Lydia DePillis, Dara Lind, Lisa Song, Moiz Syed, Zipporah Osei, ProPublica, November 25, 2020. Updated January 14, 2021.

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Even as President Donald Trump refuses to concede defeat, his White House and executive agencies are racing to finalize his policy priorities before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20. It’s common for outgoing administrations to rush through last-minute rules, but these “midnight regulations” can sometimes shortchange public input or thorough analysis, and they may tie the hands of the incoming president. ProPublica is tracking the most controversial and consequential regulations that are advancing through federal agencies and the White House in the Trump administration’s final days, which include rules proposed or moved along on or after the election or rules our reporting tells us are highly likely to be finalized soon. The Biden transition team has said it will freeze pending rules as soon as the new president takes office, and Democrats may be able to knock down some last-minute changes now that the Georgia Senate runoffs are poised to give them a thin majority in both houses of Congress. | Related: Trump Races to Weaken Environmental and Worker Protections, and Implement Other Last-Minute Policies, Before Jan. 20 →

    Correction, December 1, 2020: This page originally misstated a stance on a rule about showerheads. Plumbing manufacturers oppose it.
    Update, Jan. 6, 2021: This article was updated to note that the Biden transition team has said it will freeze pending rules.
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