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  • Guidance Documents of the Week

    June 24, 2019
    Guidance documents are statements of policy issued by your favorite alphabet soup of agencies, which more often than not translate into law, despite rarely going through the notice-and-public comment period required of most regulations. Agencies are also supposed to submit many of these documents to Congress and the Government Accounting Office (GAO), as well as Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
  • A Vision for Freedom: CEI's 35th Anniversary

    June 24, 2019
    At the Competitive Enterprise Institute this week we’re still reflecting on the success of last Thursday’s 35th anniversary dinner and gala, and thanking our friends and sponsors for making the night so wonderful. On Friday, I blogged the annual dinner movie, a 10-minute short inspired by “Game of Thrones” and our own experiences working in the imperial city of Washington, D.C. Today, I'm pleased to bring you another short film, this one on the history of CEI.
  • Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Contentious Hearing on Trump Auto Rule

    June 24, 2019
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on June 20th on the Trump administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) motor vehicle rule. The rule proposes to freeze Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards at model year 2020 levels and terminate California’s unlawful power to regulate fuel economy.
  • EPA Releases Final Rule to Replace 'Clean Power' Plan

    June 24, 2019
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on June 19th signed the final rule to replace the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP). The new rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and natural gas power plants is called the Affordable Clean Energy (or ACE) rule. Notably, it eliminates the CPP’s novel “outside the fence” regulation of each state’s entire electric grid and returns to regulating each power plant’s emissions. 
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 24, 2019
    Wednesday, the day before the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th anniversary gala dinner, saw no new final regulations published in the Federal Register. This may be the first non-shutdown Federal Register issue with no new rules since this blog series began tracking such things in 2012 or so. Even so, the 2019 Federal Register is poised to break 30,000 pages this week. Meanwhile, agencies published new regulations ranging from Blazing Paddles to cotton warehouses.
  • Search for the Hand: 2019 CEI Dinner Movie

    June 21, 2019
    Last night was the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s 35th anniversary dinner and gala here in Washington, D.C., and a crowd of several hundred friends and supporters made the evening very special. The crowd was especially moved by tributes from the stage to founder Fred Smith by current CEI President Kent Lassman and longtime friend-of-the-Institute Rebecca Dunn.
  • Australia Needs an Administrative Procedure Act

    June 21, 2019
    In the United States, there is an intellectual movement going on the likes of which have not been seen in nearly a century. The administrative state, otherwise known as the “headless fourth branch of government,” is in a legitimacy crisis. Its very foundations are being challenged on multiple fronts.
  • Political Realignment Is Big Problem for Free-Market Supporters

    June 20, 2019
    Angela Nagle, an economic nationalist and author of “Kill All Normies,” recently argued on a podcast that, “Conservatives are starting to have these interesting debates internally about the fact that capitalism is not being their friend and helping their cultural project. […] The priorities of economic libertarianism no longer make sense."
  • ACE Rule Massive Improvement over 'Clean Power' Plan

    June 20, 2019
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday finalized its Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. ACE simultaneously repeals the Obama administration’s so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP).
  • Commonsense New Debt Collection Rule from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    June 20, 2019
    The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was passed in 1977, over forty years ago, at a time when telecommunication technology was in its infancy and the consumer Internet did not exist. Since that time, the technology used to communicate with customers has changed drastically. As one might suspect, the FDCPA has not kept up with these dramatic changes.

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