The new Obama administration has announced that it will review regulations issued by George Bush in the last days of his presidency. Those regulations include mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL).
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel issued a memo last week stating: “It is important that President Obama’s appointees and designees have the opportunity to review and approve any new or pending regulations.”
Other programs subject to review will be the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, wetlands and grasslands reserve programs, and other conservation programs. USDA will proceed with implementation of new regulations with the understanding that they are subject to change per Obama’s decisions.
It is not uncommon for incoming Presidents to freeze publication of rules in the Federal Register from their predecssors in the Oval Office.