A pandemic is no time to roll back public protections.

Yet despite calls from lawmakers, advocacy organizations and even some businesses to suspend nonroutine rulemaking unrelated to the coronavirus, President Donald Trump has directed agencies to press forward with his dangerous, unpopular and corrupt deregulatory agenda as if it’s business as usual.

This administration appears eager to take advantage of the crisis and ram through deregulatory policies while the rest of the country is distracted. These actions have come despite guidance from the White House Office of Management and Budget directing agencies to prioritize their resources on contributing to the administration’s pandemic response.

Contrary to claims by opponents of effective safeguards, rolling back public protections will do nothing to stimulate economic recovery. Stronger safeguards are key to promoting public confidence and participation in normal, daily economic activity.

While the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards has taken no formal position on rulemaking moratoria, we are alarmed that so many of the rollbacks listed below will worsen and protract the current crisis – and set in motion easily prevented deregulatory disasters that will plague our nation and our world long after the pandemic has ended.

The tables below track nonroutine rulemakings unrelated to the coronavirus that the administration has actively advanced since March 13, 2020 – the date a national emergency was declared in response to the pandemic. The rules are divided into two tables: (1) final rules that the White House has cleared to take effect and (2) rules still under development for which agencies have begun the process of gathering public comments.

Federal action on both types of rules is concerning when they harm the public, workers or our environment. Proposed rules that move forward during the national emergency are problematic, because affected parties are less able to provide input as required by law and should have additional time to provide comments. Finalizing rules unrelated to the pandemic saps agency resources that should be directed toward the ongoing crisis.

Please contact David Rosen at drosen@citizen.org with questions or to connect with a policy expert.

Pandemic Rollback Tracker

Final Rule Name

Agency

Arrived at OIRA

Date Finalized

Federal Register

Truckers Hours of Service Limit Revision
Department of Transportation
3/2/2020
5/14/2020
6/1/2020
Nondisclosure of Dark Money Political Donations
Internal Revenue Service
5/28/2020
Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS)
Environmental Protection Agency
10/4/2019
4/15/2020
5/22/2020
Title IX Sexual Assault Cross-Examination on College Campuses
Department of Education
11/4/2019
3/27/2020
5/19/2020
Clean Car Standards Rewrite
Environmental Protection Agency / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1/14/2020
3/30/2020
4/30/2020
Clean Water Act Scope Redefinition (WOTUS rewrite)
Environmental Protection Agency /Army Corps of Engineers
12/5/2019
1/22/2020
4/21/2020
Chemical Data Reporting Revisions
Environmental Protection Agency
12/12/2019
3/13/2020
4/9/2020
Residential Wood Heater Performance Standards
Environmental Protection Agency
1/28/2020
3/10/2020
4/2/2020
Overtime Half-Time Pay Calculation
Department of Labor
4/14/2020
5/13/2020
Removal of Same-Sex Marriage Nondiscrimination in Grants
Department of Health and Human Services
5/26/2020
OCS Oil and Gas Operations Air Quality Standards
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
5/8/2020
Fair Housing Accountability Rollback 
Department of Housing and Urban Development
5/7/2020
Religious Freedom to Discriminate in Healthcare
Department of Health and Human Services
4/23/2020
Asylum Processing Slowdown
Department of Homeland Security
4/22/2020
Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards Revision
Department of Energy
4/16/2020
Clean Air Act Cost-Benefit Revision
Environmental Protection Agency
4/14/2020
National Environmental Policy Act Revision
Department of Agriculture
4/7/2020

 

Proposed Rule Name

Agency

Arrived at OIRA

Review Concluded

Federal Register

Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter
Environmental Protection Agency
3/4/2020
4/15/2020
4/30/2020
Removal of Firearm Ban at Water Resource Projects
Army Corps of Engineers
11/22/2019
3/13/2020
4/13/2020
Automated Vehicle Crashworthiness Standards
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
12/13/2019
3/13/2020
3/30/2020
Censored Science Rule
Environmental Protection Agency
11/12/2019
3/2/2020
3/18/2020
SNAP Work Requirements
Department of Agriculture
12/3/2019
3/3/2020
3/17/2020
Migrant Asylum Procedures Revisions 
Department of Justice
5/14/2020
5/29/2020
Removal of TRICARE Providers from Civil Rights Enforcement
Department of Labor
5/11/2020
5/27/2020
Pipeline Safety: Gas Pipeline Regulatory Reform
Department of Transportation
10/21/2019
5/22/2020
Egg Inspection Revisions 
Department of Agriculture
5/12/2020
Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf
Department of the Interior
4/24/2020
Oil and Gas Permits on National Forests
Department of Agriculture
3/26/2020
Endangered Wildlife Critical Habitat Redefinition
Fish and Wildlife Service
5/13/2020
Immigration Proceeding Appeals Restrictions 
Department of Justice
5/19/2020

Calls to Pause Rulemaking and Extend Comment Periods

Public Interest Groups

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – May 7, 2020

Coalition for Sensible Safeguards – April 23, 2020

National Low-Income Housing Coalition (housing) – April 10, 2020

47 Public Interest Groups – March 24, 2020

Chesapeake Bay Foundation – March 23, 2020

170 Public Interest, Labor and Grassroots Organizations – March 19, 2020

 

Lawmakers and Regulators

18 U.S. Senate Democrats (EPA) – April 14, 2020

U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Democrats (financial) – April 7, 2020

U.S. House Committee Chairs – April 1, 2020

21 State Attorneys General – March 31, 2020

National Associations of Governors, State Legislatures, Mayors, Counties and Cities – March 20, 2020

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) (financial) – March 17, 2020

 

Regulated Industries and Businesses

Independent Community Bankers Association – March 30, 2020