Trump Stretches Meaning of Deregulation in Touting Achievements

Bloomberg Politics discusses deregulation with Wayne Crews.

One is a federal rule, initiated by former President Barack Obama, that removed Yellowstone’s grizzlies from the list of endangered species. Another repealed a grant program that hasn’t been funded since 2011.

They are among the 67 so-called “deregulatory” actions President Donald Trump cited at a Dec. 14 event to tout “the most far-reaching regulatory reform in history” designed to unburden the U.S. economy from the shackles of government oversight. To illustrate the point, he cut a length of “red tape” attached to a mountain of paper.

While it isn’t nearly as sweeping as he would like, Clyde Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which advocates for limiting the role of government, applauded Trump’s effort. U.S. law requires many steps before a new rule can be imposed or an old one revised, making it difficult for a new administration to take aggressive action so soon, Crews said.

“In terms of what a president can do on his own, I think this is a good start,” he said.

Read the full article at Bloomberg Politics.