(National Sentinel)Â Executive Branch:Â Throughout his campaign, President Donald J. Trump repeatedly pledged to boost employment and opportunities for Americans first by reducing burdensome rules and regulations. And now, just months into his first term, his efforts to do so are among the most underreported successes of his presidency thus far.
In addition to executive orders that roll back or reverse rules put in place by President Obama and his predecessors, Trump and the GOP Congress have also been employing a heretofore little-used piece of legislation known as the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers, via joint resolution, to overrule a regulation. In addition, the law prohibits the reissuing of the rule in substantially the same form. Congress has 60 days after the issuance of the new rule to pass a joint resolution overruling it.
Passed in the mid-1990s as part of the then-House Speaker Newt Gingrichâ€™s â€œContract With Americaâ€ and signed by President Bill Clinton, the CRA has only been used successfully one time â€“ in 2001. The reason is that the joint resolutions must be signed into law, and presidents who donâ€™t want to see their rules overturned obviously would veto resolutions calling for them to be scrapped. (Related: ReadÂ Another promise kept as Trump takes chain saw to federalÂ regulations.)
However, there has been a flurry of CRA activity under the GOP-controlled Congress, with Trump signing more than a dozen resolutions to scrap Obama-era rules that were hastily enacted during the former presidentâ€™s final months in office.
Initially, Left-wing media outlets like Politico downplayed the effort, and even mocked Trump and Republicans in Congress:
â€¦[J]ust about all the resolutions Trump has approved â€” as well as two others that await his signatureâ€” represent victories for traditional Republican lobbying interests like the NRA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and fossil-fuel industries, muscled through Congress on strict party-line votes. None of them evoke the drain-the-swamp anti-establishment populism that Trump rode to the presidency, which may help explain why heâ€™s been so uncharacteristically quiet about them.
â€œTrumpâ€™s ardent supporters and detractors alike tend to exaggerate the impact of the 13 rules heâ€™s rescinding, out of more than 20,000 approved under President Obama,â€ Politicoâ€™s Michael Grunwald wrote last month, adding: â€œFor the most part â€¦Â Republicans wonâ€™t score many political points with their CRA victories.â€
Competent media outlets unencumbered of Trump Derangement Syndrome and a knee-jerk opposition to anything conservative lawmakers do opined differently. In fact, Breitbart News declared Trump and the GOP majorityâ€™s use of the CRA a â€œlegislative milestoneâ€ that would â€œput future administrations on notice that there is a limit to governmentâ€™s regulatory reach, and that given the opportunity by the voters, conservatives will enforce those limits.â€
Now, however, as even more executive orders and legislation roll back Obama-era outrages, suddenly Politico is taking the effort more seriously. Andrew Restuccia and Nancy Cook now appear to agree with Breitbartâ€™s assessment, even observing that the presidentâ€™s EOâ€™s and other measures are â€œa series of actions that could reshape American life for decades â€” efforts to rewrite or wipe out regulations affecting everything from student loans and restaurant menus to internet privacy, workplace injuries and climate change.â€ (Related: ReadÂ YUUUGE! Japan ready to help Trump â€˜Make America Great Againâ€™ with package of 700,000 jobs.)
In addition, they noted:
Trump is â€¦Â setting bureaucratic wheels in motion that could eventually ax or revise hundreds of regulations as agencies reorient themselves toward unwinding red tape and granting speedier approvals to projects â€¦Â If successful, these efforts could represent the most far-reaching rollback of federal regulations since Ronald Reaganâ€™s presidency, especially if Trumpâ€™s proposed budget cuts make it hard for a future Democratic president to re-accelerate the rule-making apparatus.
As BigGovernment.news noted in January, Trump became the first president since Ronald Reagan to actually promise to reduce the regulatory state:
There can be no doubt that America elected Donald Trump because they believed in his message of less government, more growth, better opportunities, more choices. Thatâ€™s just true, and donâ€™t you let anyone spin it any differently. Now we have a yuuuuge chance to change course and right our ship of state.
Even the Left-wing establishment media agrees, much as they hate to admit â€” and see â€” it.
This story originally appeared atÂ Trump.news.