The week’s big headlines were about the G7 meeting and our allies’ efforts to avoid a trade war, and the meeting with north Korea in Singapore. But behind the scenes, agencies issued 46 proposed regulations and 80 final regulations, ranging from milk handling to microneedles.
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Despite a four-day workweek, federal agencies still exceeded the previous week’s Federal Register page count by nearly a hundred pages, pushing the yearly total past the 25,000 mark. While tariffs and automobile bans dominated the news last week, under-the-radar new regulations also passed, ranging from spinach proteins to newspaper registration.
How many deregulatory actions have been taken so far in the Trump administration? Along with 16 congressional “resolutions of disapproval” of existing Obama-era regulations—another 142.
Let’s look at it.
In tracking the Trump administration’s regulatory vs. deregulatory actions, there can be discrepancy between the official Unified Agenda compilation (the tally that’s been around since the early ’80s) and other White House status updates. Examining this difference with respect to the administration’s detailed December 2017 update on the “one-in, two-out” regulatory campaign will set the stage for a follow-up post covering deregulatory actions in the new Spring Unified Agenda.
It was a relatively slow week, with 44 proposed regulations and 62 final regulations, though the Supreme Court did rule the federal ban on sports gambling unconstitutional. New rules from the last week range from flying aliens to a cactus status.
Here at the Competitive Enterprise Institute we’re happy to see the attention being received by the 25th anniversary edition of Wayne Crews’ popular study of regulatory cost, “10,000 Commandments”. We’ve seen mentions in the news media and on Capitol Hill, we’ve compared it to the calculations compiled by other researchers, and put the large numbers involved into context with comparisons to consumer expenses and using illustrative graphics.
The big news from the last week was the release of the spring edition of the twice-yearly Unified Agenda, which lists all planned agency regulations currently in the pipeline. Wayne Crews offers his take here and here. The 2018 Federal Register also zoomed past the 20,000-page mark, adding more than 10 percent to its total page count last week. New rules range from menu labeling to sea turtle observers.