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Executive Order: to add a new regulation, kill two others

Joe Mont | January 30, 2017

As promised and expected, President Donald J. Trump has issued an Executive Order demanding that for every new regulation issued, at least two prior ones must be identified for elimination.

“For fiscal year 2017, which is in progress, the heads of all agencies are directed that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be finalized this year shall be no greater than zero, unless otherwise required by law or consistent with advice provided in writing by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget,” the Executive Order says. Any agency eliminating existing costs associated with prior regulations “shall do so in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable law.”

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