President Trump's administration, on orders to kill two regulations for every new one, ripped up the playbook during its first six months, eliminating 16 old rules for every new one, according to top officials.Next up? What to do with all the bureaucrats with nothing left to regulate:
"It's really the beginning of a kind of fundamental regulatory reform and a reorientation of where we're going with regulation," said Neomi Rao, the newly installed administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.
In a briefing with a handful of reporters, Rao laid out the administration's regulation agenda, declaring, "It's a beginning...you're going to see a rollback of regulations."
Her comments came in advance of Thursday's release of the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, a report that typically lays out upcoming economically impactful regulations.
But she said that in the first Trump version, the numbers will show that hundreds of regulations have been killed or shelved, many from the final days of the Obama administration that flooded the system with proposed rules.
The bare numbers will show that the Trump administration has "withdrawn or removed from active status" 860 regulations so far.
The Unified Agenda will also show a 50 percent drop in regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more, and a 40 percent drop in other less expensive rules.
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