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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    May 18, 2020
    Retail sales declined 16.4 percent in April, setting a new record low for the second month in a row. Congress returned to Washington, putting the economy in further danger. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from foreign journalists to dog licenses.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    May 11, 2020
    The first full week of May featured a continuing pandemic, the biggest unemployment increase in U.S. history, a hailstorm in the D.C. area, freezing temperatures in parts of Midwest, and murder hornets. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from walnut reserves to organic regulations.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    May 4, 2020
    The 2020 Federal Register passed 25,000 pages, and is poised to surpass last year’s page count by more than 1,000 pages. The number of final regulations in 2020 also passed the 1,000 barrier. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from fuel economy to seasonal workers.
  • CEI Files New Challenge to the Administration's Fuel Economy Standards

    May 1, 2020
    CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman discusses the issue with Walter Kreucher, one of the petitioners in the case, Walter Kreucher, a retired automotive engineer who spent over three decades working on regulatory compliance programs.
  • The Economy after COVID-19 Will Be Different from Before, Part One

    May 1, 2020
    As governors begin to lift restrictions on economic activity, polling data show that Americans are generally still afraid of the virus and have changed their economic behavior. Whole sectors of the economy have had their parameters changed. This will also likely mean a change in regulations will be necessary too.
  • Like the Sun Not Rising in the East?

    April 30, 2020
    The Federal Register, the official daily government publication of regulations, proposed rules, and similar items did not go online today. We were awaiting today’s Federal Register in order to file a lawsuit challenging the new federal auto fuel economy rules. Now we’ll have to wait a bit.
  • The Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights Importance of the Artificial Intelligence Debate

    April 27, 2020
    Tracing of individuals and other measures involving artificial intelligence are in the news with respect to managing individuals’ reentry into the economy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The COVID-19 outbreak presents relevant concerns with respect to new authority potentially being handed to agencies, whose agendas may not align with individual rights or privacy concerns. 
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    April 27, 2020
    New unemployment applications were down to 4.4 million last week. This is still more than an order of magnitude greater than the pre-coronavirus record. With roughly 26 million people now claiming benefits, the unemployment rate is likely now at Great Depression-era levels. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging light-duty vehicles to golden parakeets.
  • DEREGULATION IN AN EMERGENCY: The President’s Emergency Powers Include Not Just Imposing Regulations on Industry, but also Suspending Regulations

    April 23, 2020
    Across the country, governors have suspended harmful regulations on an emergency basis due to the COVID-19 crisis. The improvements that have resulted have got people asking if the regulations were ever really needed at all. If we are better off without these regulations, what others are also causing more problems than they solve?
  • Congress Has Already Introduced Bills to Reform #NeverNeeded Regulations

    April 23, 2020
    Policy makers have already waived more than 350 regulations and counting that were slowing the pandemic response and harming economic recovery. But with a 185,000-page Code of Federal Regulations, there is more to do. Fortunately, a number of bills have already been introduced in Congress that could help get rid of more #NeverNeeded regulations.

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