Re­port: Trump has added least amount of new red tape

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Pres­i­dent Trump is liv­ing up to his cam­paign pledge to cut back on red tape, re­duc­ing new reg­u­la­tions to a tiny frac­tion of the bur­den im­posed by pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions, a new study said Tues­day.

Cab­i­net agen­cies un­der Mr. Trump fi­nal­ized only $33 mil­lion in costs for new reg­u­la­tions through May 23, com­pared with an av­er­age of $26 bil­lion for the same pe­riod in pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions dat­ing back to 2005, said Sam Batkins, di­rec­tor of reg­u­la­tory pol­icy at the Amer­i­can Ac­tion Fo­rum.

That’s a reg­u­la­tory out­put of just 0.12 per­cent un­der Mr. Trump, com­pared with the his­tor­i­cal av­er­age.

By vol­ume of reg­u­la­tions, Mr. Trump has re­leased 8 per­cent of the his­tor­i­cal av­er­age of new rules is­sued by Barack Obama, Ge­orge W. Bush and Bill Clin­ton.

“By vir­tu­ally any mea­sure, dat­ing back through two Demo­cratic pres­i­dents and one Re­pub­li­can pres­i­dent, the lack of reg­u­la­tory out­put is his­toric,” Mr. Batkins said in a blog post.

The study also found a “no­table uptick” in the num­ber of with­drawn mea­sures — rules from the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion no longer un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. In the pe­riod ex­am­ined, the av­er­age ad­min­is­tra­tion re­viewed 190 rules; the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion re­viewed only 39.

— Dave Boyer

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