Robert Gehl reports that President Donald Trump has signed four massive regulatory rollbacks on Monday – courtesy of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) – bringing the total number of rollbacks to seven, or six more than all of his predecessors put together.
The obscure CRA gives Congress 60 days to reverse any new regulation added to the Federal Register by a sitting President. It’s only been used one time before – in March 2001 when President George W. Bush eliminated a rule requiring employers to prevent “ergonomic injuries” in the workplace.
The GOP-controlled Congress passed five such CRA measures under Barack Obama’s administration, but he vetoed each one.
However, President Trump now has seven CRA signatures under his belt, and as Reason Magazine points out, and there are more on the way.
Next up is the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule” which bans companies from receiving federal contracts if they have a history of violating wage, labor or workplace safety laws.
Then a Bureau of Land Management Rule called “Planning 2.0” that gives the feds a bigger role in land use decisions
And two regulations on measuring school performance under the so-called “Every Student Succeeds Act.”
Reason reports on other Trump deregulatory activity that has included:
* His January 30 executive order requiring agencies to identify two existing regulations to kill each time they promulgate a new one.
* His February 24 executive order instructing each agency to appoint a Regulatory Reform Officer, who will head up a task force that suggests regulations to euthanize.
* His appointment to the Supreme Court of Neil Gorsuch, a judge most famous for his criticism of excessive deference to regulators.
* His appointments to the Cabinet critics of and reformers to the departments they now head, including Education’s Betsy DeVos, Energy’s Rick Perry, Transportation’s Elaine Chao, and Health and Human Service’s Tom Price.
* His nomination of drug-approval-process critic Scott Gottlieb to head up the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and his three paragraphs in the State of the Union Address talking up FDA reform.
* His appointment to head up the Federal Communications Commission regulation skeptic Ajit Pai.
There’s a long way to go to disentangle the federal government from our daily lives, but these are good first steps. He’s setting records and helping all of us, Democrat, Republican etc. alike.