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Trump Signs First Executive Order To Freeze Regulations

| by Lauren Briggs

Minutes after his inaugural parade finished on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump got to work and placed a regulatory freeze on all federal agencies.

"The Trump administration will send a letter to all executive agencies tonight to immediately abide by a regulatory freeze," White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters, according to the Washington Examiner.

The freeze will remain until Trump's team says otherwise.

Trump signed other orders during the session, including one instructing government agencies to "ease the burden of Obamacare" as his administration works with Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, NPR reports.

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Upon handing Trump the order, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus described it as "an executive order minimizing the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal," though the specifics of that relief are not yet known.

The new president also signed two orders authorizing James Mattis and John Kelly to serve as his defense secretary and homeland security secretary, respectively, after the Senate voted earlier the same day to confirm the nominees.

"I am pleased by the confirmation votes of Generals Mattis and Kelly," Trump said in a statement, according to The Hill. "These uniquely qualified leaders will immediately begin the important work of rebuilding our military, defending our nation and securing our borders."

Vice President Mike Pence swore in both cabinet members shortly after.

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Another order signed by Trump suspended a housing mortgage rate reduction for low-income individuals and first time homebuyers that Barack Obama signed into action shortly before leaving office.

At around the same time, Priebus issued a memo instructing federal agencies not to send any additional regulations to the Federal Register until the new head of that agency looks over the rule and approves it, reports The Hill. Any rules sent to the register, but not yet published, will be withdrawn, except in the case of an emergency or similarly urgent situation.

Obama had a similar memo issued in 2009 upon his inauguration.

Sources: Washington Examiner, NPR, The Hill (2) / Photo Credit: Sean Spicer/Twitter

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