During his campaign, Donald Trump made cutting the red tape in Washington a major focus. And he’s been proving that wasn’t just an empty promise.
According to a report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the new administration has managed to slash more regulations in nine months than Ronald Reagan did in years.
“As we continue to watch the president’s progress on his economic priorities, it’s interesting to compare Trump with previous presidents, namely Ronald Reagan,” wrote Clyde Wayne Crews, CEI’s vice president for policy.
“Under Reagan, both regulations and Federal Register pages (where agency rules and regulations are published) dropped more than one-third. So far, Trump has reduced the flow of regulation even more.”
How much more? Consider the Federal Register, the big book of all the regulations and red tape the federal government has enacted.
“The Federal Register stands at 45,678 pages,” the CEI reported. “Last year at this time, Barack Obama’s Federal Register stood at 67,900 pages. (Obama’s 2016 Federal Register set an all-time-record: 97,110 pages).