Within the remaining days of his administration, President Trump is dashing to enforce a raft of recent laws and government orders which can be supposed to place his stamp on enterprise, commerce and the financial system.
Earlier presidents of their closing time period have used the interval between the election and the inauguration to take last-minute actions to increase and seal their agendas. Among the modifications are clearly aimed toward making it more durable, a minimum of for a time, for the subsequent administration to pursue its objectives.
After all, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. may challenge new government orders to overturn Mr. Trump’s. And Democrats in Congress, who will management the Home and the Senate, may use the Congressional Assessment Act to shortly reverse regulatory actions from way back to late August.
Listed below are a few of the issues that Mr. Trump and his appointees have accomplished or try to do earlier than Mr. Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. — Peter Eavis
Prohibiting Chinese language apps and different merchandise. Mr. Trump signed an government order on Tuesday banning transactions with eight Chinese language software program functions, together with Alipay. It was the newest escalation of the president’s financial battle with China. Particulars and the beginning of the ban will fall to Mr. Biden, who may resolve to not observe by way of on the thought. Individually, the Trump administration has additionally banned the import of some cotton from the Xinjiang area, the place China has detained huge numbers of people who find themselves members of ethnic minorities and compelled them to work in fields and factories. In one other transfer, the administration prohibited a number of Chinese language firms, together with the chip maker SMIC and the drone maker DJI, from shopping for American merchandise. The administration is weighing additional restrictions on China in its closing days, together with including Alibaba and Tencent to a listing of firms with ties to the Chinese language army, a designation that will stop Individuals from investing in these companies. — Ana Swanson
Defining gig employees as contractors. The Labor Division on Wednesday launched the ultimate model of a rule that would classify hundreds of thousands of employees in industries like development, cleansing and the gig financial system as contractors quite than workers, one other step towards endorsing the enterprise practices of firms like Uber and Lyft. — Noam Scheiber
Trimming social media’s authorized defend. The Trump administration lately filed a petition asking the Federal Communications Fee to slender its interpretation of a strong authorized defend for social media platforms like Fb and YouTube. If the fee doesn’t act earlier than Inauguration Day, the matter will land within the desk of whomever Mr. Biden picks to guide the company. — David McCabe
Taking the tech giants to courtroom. The Federal Commerce Fee filed an antitrust swimsuit towards Fb in December, two months after the Justice Division sued Google. Mr. Biden’s appointees should resolve how finest to maneuver ahead with the circumstances. — David McCabe
Including new cryptocurrency disclosure necessities. The Treasury Division late final month proposed new reporting necessities that it stated have been supposed to forestall cash laundering for sure cryptocurrency transactions. It gave solely 15 days — over the vacations — for public remark. Lawmakers and digital foreign money fans wrote to the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, to protest and received a brief extension. However opponents of the proposed rule say the method and substance are flawed, arguing that the requirement would hinder innovation, and are prone to problem it in courtroom. — Ephrat Livni
Limiting banks on social and environmental points. The Workplace of the Comptroller of the Foreign money is dashing a proposed rule that will ban banks from not lending to sure varieties of companies, like these within the fossil gas business, on environmental or social grounds. The regulator unveiled the proposal on Nov. 20 and restricted the time it might settle for feedback to 6 weeks regardless of the interruptions of the vacations. — Emily Flitter
Overhauling guidelines on banks and underserved communities. The Workplace of the Comptroller of the Foreign money can also be proposing new tips on how banks can measure their actions to get credit score for fulfilling their obligations beneath the Group Reinvestment Act, an anti-redlining legislation that forces them to do enterprise in poor and minority communities. The company rewrote a few of the guidelines in Could, however different regulators — the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance coverage Company — didn’t signal on. — Emily Flitter
Insuring “scorching cash” deposits. On Dec. 15, the F.D.I.C. expanded the eligibility of brokered deposits for insurance coverage protection. These deposits are infusions of money right into a financial institution in change for a excessive rate of interest, however are referred to as “scorching cash” as a result of the shoppers can transfer the deposits from financial institution to financial institution for larger returns. Critics say the change may put the insurance coverage fund in danger. F.D.I.C. officers stated the brand new rule was wanted to “modernize” the brokered deposits system. — Emily Flitter
Narrowing regulatory authority over airways. The Division of Transportation in December licensed a rule, sought by airways and journey brokers, that limits the division’s authority over the business by defining what constitutes an unfair and misleading apply. Client teams extensively opposed the rule. Airways argued that the rule would restrict regulatory overreach. And the division stated the definitions it used have been in keeping with its previous apply. — Niraj Chokshi
Rolling again a lightweight bulb rule. The Division of Power has moved to block a rule that will part out incandescent mild bulbs, which individuals and companies have more and more been changing with far more environment friendly LED and compact fluorescent bulbs. The vitality secretary, Dan Brouillette, a former auto business lobbyist, stated in December that the Trump administration didn’t wish to restrict client selection. The rule had been slated to enter impact on Jan. 1 and was required by a legislation handed in 2007. — Ivan Penn