Trump’s show of deregulatory actions “misleading”?

Saturday marks one year since President Trump moved into the White House with an ambitious to-do list. He kept his campaign promise to pass a major tax reform law, but has failed to repeal Obamacare. He’s currently fighting over his pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

Mr. Trump last month staged an event to show he’s cutting federal regulations – complete with ceremonial scissors. In December the White House said agencies or Congress undertook “22 deregulatory actions for every one new regulatory action.”

“It’s a bit misleading,” said University of Pennsylvania law professor Cary Coglianese, who heads the Penn Program on Regulation. Coglianese said many of the actions are not as significant as this White House contends.

“Most of those were either housekeeping matters or regulations that the Obama administration started to pull off the books,” Coglianese said.
 
Among the deregulations for which the administration can claim sole credit? The removal of endangered species protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears and the rescinding of rules tightening standards for hydraulic fracking on public land.

But the Republican-led Congress can take a lot of the credit, including repealing Obama-era rules that hadn’t yet taken effect: regulations that would have made it easier to file class-action lawsuits against banks, made it harder for the mentally ill to buy firearms, and protect waterways from coal mining waste.

In the year since taking office, the president has certainly slowed down and in some cases stopped new regulations.

“We canceled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions — more than any previous president by far,” Trump said in December.
 
But despite numerous photo ops and public signings, the president still has work cut out for him.

“That’s great showmanship. And it certainly has convinced a lot of people that the regulations on the books have dramatically decreased under President Trump. But they haven’t,” Coglianese said.

© 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Related Posts

Russia’s “pause” offers some respite, but little progress in Syria

Comments Off on Russia’s “pause” offers some respite, but little progress in Syria

Arizona cop in ‘serious condition,’ suspect dead after two officer-involved shootings

Comments Off on Arizona cop in ‘serious condition,’ suspect dead after two officer-involved shootings

Democratic Rep. Kihuen won’t seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

Comments Off on Democratic Rep. Kihuen won’t seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

Hungary’s PM says EU leaders did ‘battle’ over migration

Comments Off on Hungary’s PM says EU leaders did ‘battle’ over migration

U.S. airstrikes in Yemen increased sixfold under Trump

Comments Off on U.S. airstrikes in Yemen increased sixfold under Trump

“World first” rescue of stranded swimmers by drone

Comments Off on “World first” rescue of stranded swimmers by drone

Internal documents pull back the curtain on Pruitt’s EPA

Comments Off on Internal documents pull back the curtain on Pruitt’s EPA

Judge temporarily halts deportation of Indonesian Christians

Comments Off on Judge temporarily halts deportation of Indonesian Christians

$100K can buy you citizenship of a country you’ve never visited

Comments Off on $100K can buy you citizenship of a country you’ve never visited

Innocent Couple Raided by Cops for Facebook Post of LEGAL Morel Mushrooms

Comments Off on Innocent Couple Raided by Cops for Facebook Post of LEGAL Morel Mushrooms

Companies in China are collecting data from their employees’ brains

Comments Off on Companies in China are collecting data from their employees’ brains

Watch: Prominent Doctor Lifts Veil of Secrecy on Vaccine & Pharmaceutical Industries

Comments Off on Watch: Prominent Doctor Lifts Veil of Secrecy on Vaccine & Pharmaceutical Industries

Create Account



Log In Your Account