White House Races to Cement Biden’s Regulations Amid Fear of Trump’s Potential Return in 2024

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the White House is in a frenzy to solidify President Joe Biden’s regulatory initiatives to prevent their reversal in the event of a Donald Trump victory in the 2024 election.

Sources close to Trump disclosed to the WSJ his intention to utilize the 1996 Congressional Review Act to overturn numerous regulations enacted during Biden’s tenure should he reclaim the presidency. In response, senior Biden officials are reportedly strategizing to make these regulations resistant to reversal by their predecessor.

Steven Balla, co-director of George Washington University’s Regulatory Studies Center, emphasized the parallels between the current situation and the regulatory shifts seen in 2017.

Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, Karoline Leavitt, affirmed his intent to swiftly dismantle Biden’s regulations upon reelection, focusing on promoting domestic energy and implementing a pro-worker agenda.

Officials within the Biden administration revealed to the WSJ their urgency to implement further regulations before Trump could potentially undo them, with a deadline set until the end of May.

The Congressional Review Act empowers Congress to review and potentially overturn executive branch policies and regulations, typically during transitional periods in the White House.

The rush to push regulations stems from the potential scenario where Trump wins the presidency and Republicans gain control of Congress, allowing them to target regulations introduced within 60 working days of the current session’s end.

Historically, the CRA has been sparingly used for regulatory reversals, notably by President George W. Bush and extensively by Trump, who utilized it 16 times to overturn Obama-era provisions, while Biden has invoked it three times.

The Biden administration’s recent regulatory actions, including bans on non-compete clauses and requirements for airline refunds, are not indicative of preparing for a 2024 loss, officials clarified.

Polling data from Emerson College and The Hill show Trump leading Biden in key swing states, signaling a competitive landscape for the 2024 election.

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