Obama orders review of agency regulations

Government Executive discusses executive overreach and its effects with Wayne Crews. 

But others said the changes are too little and too late. The nonprofit Competitive Enterprise Institute, which advocates for free markets and limited government, said in a statement the number of rules being considered by federal agencies has "surged" from 4,041 at the end of 2009 to 4,225 in early 2011, including those related to carbon emissions, net neutrality, and the health care and financial reform bills.

"This executive order is hardly a war on red tape, and no affected businesses or consumers are going to be able to sue anybody to force compliance," said Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the institute. "It's just an 'order' to agencies to behave."

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