‘Dangerous’ and ‘Dumb': Trump Signs Executive Order Torching Regulations

President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week that aims to slash regulations—an action, advocacy groups say, that puts lives at risk, writes Andrea Germanos for Common Dreams. The order—the latest of a flurry since he took office—states that “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination,” fulfilling a campaign promise he made. “For fiscal year 2017, which is in progress, the heads of all agencies are directed that the total incremental cost of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be finalized this year shall be no greater than zero.” Trump said before signing the order: “We’ll be reducing [regulations] big league,” adding “This will be the biggest such act our country has ever seen.”

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