As the future Trump administration begins to take shape, the Obama White House is engaged in a frenzied, final effort to put in place as many new rules and regulations as time allows. The goal: to complete several major regulations and other executive actions before President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20.
“This administration has been particularly aggressive in the last year to 18 months in finalizing its particular regulatory priorities,” said Rosario Palmieri, vice president of labor, legal and regulatory policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. In the past several months, most people in Washington were “focused on the election,” he added. “We spend a lot of time focused on regulation.”