Obama Outlines Areas Where He Can Act Quickly
According to the Washington Post, areas where Obama can quickly reverse Bush's executive orders are coming to light:
1. stem cell research
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) said that during Obama's final swing through her state in October, she reminded him that because the restrictions [on stem cell research] were never included in legislation, Obama “can simply reverse them by executive order.” Obama, she said, “was very receptive to that.”
2. global gag rule on family planning
The new president is also expected to lift a so-called global gag rule barring international family planning groups that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion, even in countries where the procedure is legal, said Cecile Richards, spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
3. fuel-emission guidelines
California had sought permission from the Environmental Protection Agency to require that greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles be cut by 30 percent between 2009 and 2016, effectively mandating that cars achieve a fuel economy standard of at least 36 miles per gallon within eight years. Seventeen other states had promised to adopt California's rules, representing in total 45 percent of the nation's automobile market. The Bush Administration had denied California this permission.
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