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  • How Much Federal Regulation Was There in 2019?

    December 31, 2019
    Happy New Year, everyone. Now that 2019 is in the books, we have some data on how much new regulation hit the books. Note that these numbers are preliminary and might change. The source for most of the numbers is Federal Register.gov. The page numbers counts are taken from the Federal Register’s daily digest email. Wayne Crews’ Ten Thousand Commandments also has abundant data.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 30, 2019

    Federal workers got a three-day week as a Christmas present this year. Agencies still put out 323 notices, 50 proposed regulations, and 1,342 Federal Register pages. Just two more Federal Register editions remain in 2019. New final regulations for the week range from guaranteed housing loans to mercury management fees.

    On to the data:

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 23, 2019
    Congress finished the year with a bang. In a two day span the House impeached the president and passed the USMCA trade agreement. Both chambers passed a massive spending bill to fund the government through next September. The 2019 Federal Register also surpassed 70,000 pages. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from bunker fuel to irradiated drugs.
  • Sugarplums or Lumps of Coal? White House's 192 Big Rules in Pipeline Herald More Regulation than Deregulation

    December 18, 2019
    No matter the presidential administration, every year there are thousands of federal rules and regulations compared to a relative handful of laws passed by Congress. We got a reprieve from Washington’s big government ways in 2017 from Trump administration moves like the executive order requiring that agencies ditch at least two rules for every one they add.
  • What Regulations Did Trump Administration Add in 2019?

    December 16, 2019
    The Trump administration recently issued “Regulatory Reform Results for Fiscal Year 2019.” This is its fiscal year 2019 status update on the one-in, two-out directive initiated in Executive Order 13771, titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 16, 2019
    Britain held a major election, and the U.S. House of Representatives is set to impeach President Trump. At the same time, Trump is poised for a victory on the USMCA trade agreement, which CEI came out against. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from aerosol cans to Philly fireworks.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 9, 2019
    The House began preparing articles of impeachment, President Trump announced new tariffs against three allies, a NATO summit was surprisingly contentious, and the federal government is less than two weeks away from a possible shutdown. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from old railroads to South Sudanese mail.
  • What Regulations Did the Trump Administration Eliminate in 2019?

    December 6, 2019
    The Trump administration has issued its fiscal year 2019 status update on one-in, two-out. It’s called “Regulatory Reform Results for Fiscal Year 2019.” According to the administration, agencies issued 61 “significant deregulatory actions,” and 35 significant regulatory ones, for a ratio of 1.7 to 1. Close to one-in, two-out, but not quite.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 2, 2019
    While the nation celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from almond information to missile accidents.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 25, 2019
    Congress averted a government shutdown until December 20th by passing a continuing resolution. The Fall 2019 Unified Agenda was also released, which compiles all rulemaking agencies’ upcoming plans. Wayne Crews has more on that. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from college radio to redesignating unclassifiable areas.

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