Will President Obama just have to sit by as Trump dismantles his legacy? Of course not! President Obama isn’t going down without a fight. Obama has taken some drastic steps to protect his legacy. So far, he has enacted the following policy goals:
“Enacted a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard.
Refused to veto a UN resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.
Designated two new national monuments totaling more than 1.6 million acres: Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah and Gold Butte in Nevada.
Instructed the Department of Homeland Security to formally end the long-disused NSEERs database, which Trump could have revived as the backbone of a new Muslim registry.
Instructed the Army Corps of Engineers to deny final permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline where it crosses the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.
Issued a final rule that bans the practice among some red states of withholding federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other health clinics that provide abortions.
Finalized rules to determine whether schools were succeeding or failing under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Began an investigation into charges of Russian hacking during the presidential campaign.”
According to POLITICO, as of Nov. 15, there are 98 final regulations that are under review by the Obama administration. These measures have angered congressional Republicans who have vowed to fight them where possible.
The rules under consideration are far-reaching and touch on matters as diverse as energy policy, immigration, the social safety net, and transportation safety.