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Trump Administration’s regulatory rollback attracts lawsuits

Joe Mont | April 12, 2017

The Trump Administration is defending itself against lawsuits protesting recent regulatory rollback orders. In a court filing this week, White House officials asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by consumer and environmental groups. 

At the crux of one lawsuit is an Executive Order, issued in January. It demanded that a government agency may only issue a new regulation if it rescinds at least two existing regulations in order to offset the costs of the new regulation. The EO directed agencies, among other things: to identify at least two existing regulations to repeal for every new regulation proposed or issued; and to promulgate regulations during fiscal year 2017 that, together with repealed regulations, have combined incremental costs of $0 or less, regardless of the benefits. The total incremental cost limit for future fiscal years is to be identified later by the Director of OMB.

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