Trump continues regulatory reform with new executive order

On Friday, while surrounded by business executives and administration officials, President Trump signed off on another executive order designed to target the suffocating orthodoxy of federal regulation.

Mr. Trump’s signature on the order follows top aide Steve Bannon calling for the “deconstruction of the administrative state” when laying bare the priorities of the Trump White House at the annual CPAC meeting at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md.

The new order, titled “Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” aims to create regulatory reform offices within government agencies to specifically identify unnecessary government rules for eventual repeal.

Every government agency is now required to appoint a Regulatory Reform Officer whose position is to review and recommend unneeded or burdensome regulations for elimination.

The new order specifically targets existing government regulations which (a) eliminates jobs, or inhibits job creation; (b) are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; or (c) imposes costs that exceed benefits.

Commenting on the new reform measure, Mr. Trump said:

“Excessive regulation is killing jobs, driving companies out of our country like never before.  Every regulation should have to pass a simple test; does it make life better or safer for American workers or consumers?”

Conversely, legislative director of the environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council, Scott Slesinger, argues that Trump’s directive will “kill the safeguards Americans depend on for clean air, drinkable water and safe food.”

 

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