President Barack Obama has blocked the ‘midnight orders’ that former president George Bush may have issued. This is a common practice of any new president regarding orders that a former president made between the election and Inauguration Day.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel signed the memorandum sent to all agencies and departments stopping all pending regulations until the Obama administration has a chance to review them. The statement was issued just hours after Obama took the oath of President.
Some of the regulations that will be under review include allowing concealed weapons to be carried into some national parks and prohibiting medical facilities from being able to have federal money if their doctors and nurses refuse to assist in abortions or dispense contraceptives based on religious grounds.
Because Federal law requires a 60-day waiting period before any regulatory changes becomes law outgoing presidents will try to ensue their causes go into effect before the incoming president takes the oath on January 20.