By Cheryl Bolen
President Donald Trump in his address to a joint session of Congress gave no indication of any future deregulatory actions he might take, but cited actions he has taken so far to reduce regulatory burdens.
“We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job-crushing regulations,” Trump said, pointing to an executive order he signed Feb. 24 that directs each agency to create a deregulation task force.
Trump also pointed to the executive order he signed Jan. 30 that requires agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation they issue. Finally, the president noted that he had stopped a stream protection rule that had threatened the “future and livelihoods” of coal miners.
The president did not reiterate his goal of cutting 75 percent of regulations. In the last month, Trump has met frequently with business groups and CEOs who have consistently urged him to cut regulations.
Democrats and public interest groups have expressed alarm at the president’s deregulatory moves.
“No one thinking sensibly about how to set rules for health, safety, the environment and the economy would ever adopt the Trump Executive Order approach—unless their only goal was to confer enormous benefits on big business,” Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, said.
Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Communications Workers of America filed a lawsuit Feb. 8 challenging the president’s one-in, two-out executive order.
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