Lydia Wheeler | Study: 2015 was record year for federal regulation

Lydia Wheeler, The Hill:

In a blog post on the libertarian think tank’s website, the group’s vice president for policy, Clyde Wayne Crews, said there have been 3,378 final rules and regulations among the pages of the Federal Register this year. Some of the major final rules included the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and its Waters of the Unites States rule, as well as the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality order.

He said another 2,334 proposed rules were issued in 2015 and are at various stages of consideration. On top of that, President Obama issued 29 executive orders and 31 executive memorandums, among them were agency directives to expand paid family and medical leave and overtime pay.

To combat what he considers to be overregulation, Crews said Congress should repeal the certain statutes, require congressional approval for big rules and enforce maximum requirements set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act.


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