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100 Days of Regulatory Relief

by Congressman Markwayne Mullin

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Washington, April 27, 2017 | comments

Just as promised, President Trump has hit the ground running.  The first 100 days of President Trump in the White House has delivered a renewed sense of spirit for Americans and for the prosperity of our country.  Looking at the numbers, our president has enacted more legislation in the first 100 days than any other president in half a century and his pick to the Supreme Court was confirmed within the same time frame, which no president has done since 1881. 

If we want our small businesses, job creators, and industries to be successful, we have to get government out of the way.  President Trump signed 28 pieces of legislation, 13 of which use the Congressional Review Act to peel back excessive regulations so that we can get government out of the everyday lives of Americans.  By cutting the red tape of regulations on our job creators, the financial burden passed onto consumers is also reduced, keeping more money in the taxpayers’ pockets.

Federal agencies create regulations but until 1996, there was no place for Congress to weigh in on the rulemaking process to ensure that the executive branch was following congressional intent.  Enter the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives Congress the power to provide necessary oversight on federal agencies mandating potentially harmful regulations on the people that Members of Congress were elected to represent.  President Trump has signed 13 CRAs in the first 100 days of his presidency, more than any other president in his first 100 days.  President George W. Bush signed 1 CRA in his first 100 days and President Obama did not sign a single one.

Our country is overloaded with overregulation, as evident by the dozens of executive orders and pieces of legislation that President Trump has signed to undo many of the most harmful regulations.  President Trump’s priority is to shrink the size of government, and he’s accomplishing this with his ‘two-for-one’ policy that requires two federal regulations be removed for every one new regulation created.  He even mandated that our federal agencies create regulatory task forces to take a look at costly and unnecessary regulations that are costing taxpayers with little to no benefit.

The harmful regulations that limit our nation’s economic growth and make it impossible for our small businesses to keep their doors open are one of the main reasons I ran for Congress in the first place.  I’m thrilled to see President Trump’s efforts to remove job-killing regulations and allow the backbone of our economy – our small businesses – to exist in a regulatory environment that is manageable, navigable, and business-friendly. 
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