- The Washington Times - Friday, December 30, 2016

On the last business day of the year, President Obama set a record Friday with a total of 97,110 pages of new rules and regulations published in 2016 in the Federal Register.

The administration added regulations at a rate of 18 for every new law passed this year, according to an analysis by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Congress passed just 211 laws, but the administration issued 3,853 new regulations to implement those laws — 43 more than last year.

That’s the highest number of regulations since 2005, when the administration of Republican George W. Bush issued 3,975 new rules.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to roll back the pace of regulating next year, saying he would eliminate two regulations for every new one issued by Mr. Obama.

Clyde Wayne Crews, CEI’s vice president for policy, said Republicans in Congress have “accommodated” Mr. Obama regulatory push.

Lawmakers “would not block excessive regulatory actions or executive overreach via the constitutional means at its disposal — withholding the purse. They were too worried about being blamed for shutting down the government,” Mr. Crews said in a blog post.

The incoming 115th Congress “will in all likelihood roll back some Obama rules issued during the final stretch of his term, using ‘resolutions of disapproval’ allowed by the Congressional Review Act, Mr. Crews said.

“That effort could potentially get rid of many dozens of rules, but, knowing Republicans, will probably get rid of just a few,” he said. “Even maxed out, CRA ‘resolutions of disapproval’ will be only a start of what’s needed in 2017.”

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