US Regulatory Action ... and Inaction

Skadden's 2018 Insights

By signing tax reform legislation into law just before the end of 2017, President Trump and Congressional Republicans claimed a significant regulatory achievement in the president’s first year in office. Elsewhere on the regulatory front, legislation has been proposed to make national security reviews under CFIUS more thorough and lengthy, a development that could impact cross-border investment. President Trump also moved to roll back climate change initiatives enacted by his predecessor and imposed a temporary trade barrier that is expected to have significant implications on the solar industry.

Meanwhile, health care and infrastructure did not achieve the large-scale policy changes the Trump campaign promised. Instead, incremental adjustments to streamline permitting (infrastructure) and the removal of the health insurance mandate (through the tax law) carried the day. We look at the status of these initiatives, as well as areas where FERC could take steps to deregulate as President Trump has asked agencies to do.

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