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Red Tape Rollback: Trump Least-Regulatory President Since Reagan

October 1, 2017

Under President Donald Trump new, large-scale regulation has largely stopped in 2017, and where it hasn’t, new costs are required to be offset.

This report shows President Donald Trump reduced the rate of growth of the The Federal Register, by 32 percent. By September 30, Trump had added just 45,678 pages to the compared to former President Barack Obama who by this time in 2016 had added 67,900 pages to the federal register. The Trump administration has also issued 58 percent fewer major and costly regulations than former President Obama and slashed the Federal Register, the government's rule book, by 32 percent.

In nine months, the Trump administration has issued 2,183 rules compared to  2,686 rules Obama issued during the same time period in 2016 – an 18 percent reduction. The comparison between Trump and Obama on major rules, those estimated to have more than $100 million impact on the economy, is even more stark with  Trump issuing 58 percent fewer major rules than Obama over the same nine month time period.

Wayne Crews is vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a former Cato Institute scholar.