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Rao confirmed as Trump Administration’s ‘regulatory czar’

Joe Mont | July 12, 2017

A key administration post for President Trump’s deregulatory agenda is now in place. On July 10, the U.S. Senate confirmed Neomi Rao as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs' Office of Management and Budget.

OIRA is a statutory part of the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. It is the government’s central authority for the review of Executive Branch regulations.

The confirmation vote was 54-41, with Democrats in opposition. Six senators who caucus with the Democrats did, however, vote in approovall. They include: Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.); Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.); Angus King (I-Maine); Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.); Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.); and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

In addition to reviewing drafts of proposed and final regulations under a variety of statutory and Executive Order authorities, OIRA also coordinates retrospective reviews of regulations under, reviews and approves government...

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