In our 100 Day Spotlight: President Trump says he’ll cut regulation by 75 percent, maybe more. What would deregulation mean for the economy, for workers, for the environment? Plus: The President approves the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
The pace is quickening, the reach extending, in the new Trump administration’s moves to put its stamp on national policy. Inside the government, gag orders - in effect - on environment and science staffers speaking to the public. Presidential orders to revive the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. And a broad promise by President Trump to sweep away federal regulation. This hour in our On Point 100-day Spotlight, pipelines, blackouts, and the Trump way of regulatory reform. — Tom Ashbrook
Cary Coglianese, professor of law and political science at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Penn Program on Regulation.
From Tom’s Reading List
Washington Post: Federal agencies ordered to restrict their communications — "Trump administration officials instructed employees at multiple agencies in recent days to cease communicating with the public through news releases, official social media accounts and correspondence, raising concerns that federal employees will be able to convey only information that supports the new president’s agenda."
The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump Focuses on Trade and Jobs -- "The President pledged to cut taxes and regulations that he said were blunting job growth and promised to impose a 'very major' border tax on companies that move some operations overseas, which would require legislation. At the meeting with labor leaders, Mr. Trump said he would negotiate bilateral trade deals, which he and his team say are easier to enforce, and he promised his administration would set strict restrictions on abiding by the terms."
Heritage Foundation: Red Tape on the Upswing — "This growth in regulation should set off alarm bells for policymakers of all political stripes. Reforms are needed to strengthen both prospective and retrospective regulatory reviews and increase the accountability of Congress and agencies in rulemaking."
This program aired on January 25, 2017.