House Republicans, led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.), have sent letters to the heads of all federal agencies asking that they cease issuing rules during the lame-duck last two months of the Obama administration.
The House members also intend to pass a bill forbidding rulemaking until the new president is sworn in. The White House said it would immediately veto the bill and announced that rulemaking would continue until Jan. 20, the last day of the presidency of Barack Obama.
Rep. McCarthy cited similar requests by Democrats of the Republican administration of George W. Bush when Obama was elected in 2008.
Any rules issued between now and Jan. 20 would be subject to Congressional oversight under the provisions of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), and could be overturned come Jan. 21 when Donald Trump takes office.