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Biden Tosses Trump’s Deregulation Orders

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Biden Tosses Trump’s Deregulation Orders

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President Joe Biden has rolled back executive orders of President Donald Trump aimed at cutting federal regulatory burden, hinting the already enormous regulatory regime may spring back to that of its pre-Trump days. In two Jan. 20 executive orders, Biden nixed about a dozen orders of Trump’s that pertained to regulatory reform, including one on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” and one “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” Deregulation was one of Trump’s top achievements, cutting the final rule page count in the Federal Register to less than 21,000 in 2019 from the more than 38,000 left behind by the Obama administration, according to a 2020 report (pdf) by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). The incoming administration called Trump’s efforts “needless obstacles to regulating in the public’s interest.” “Regulations are an important tool for the federal government to address the crises facing the nation,” Biden’s …

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