Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Regulators make new push to roll back Obama rules
At The Hill
The Trump administration is on the hunt for ways to repeal or roll back some of the most controversial Obama-era rules that are already on the books.
Federal agency heads have released a flurry of requests for comment in recent weeks, calling on the public to provide data and information that can be used to revise existing rules.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told lawmakers last month that a request for public comments is the first step an agency must take under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) if it's looking to make changes.
“If there were to be a change, that change would have to be based on information obtained through a record process, the first step of which is a request for information,” he said at a House subcommittee hearing on the agency’s budget request.
President Trump in January directed regulators to find two rules to eliminate for every new rule they propose.
And in February, he ordered all federal agencies to create regulatory reform task forces to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations to agency chiefs on repealing, replacing or modifying them consistent with applicable law.
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