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Team Trump already ‘draining the swamp’ as Cabinet heads rolling back Obama-era rules

Dismantling the administrative state is one thing but preventing it from being rebuilt is another

(NationalSentinel) Regulations: Behind the scenes and away from the daily media narrative aimed at undermining President Donald Trump, his Cabinet chiefs have been busy doing what he picked them to do: Unravel his predecessor’s labyrinth of job-and-0pportunity-killing rules and regulations.

As reported by Fox News, Cabinet chiefs are working alongside the president and congressional Republicans in selecting which rules to target first. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been among the busiest:

On his first day of work, for which he arrived Teddy Roosevelt-style on horseback, Zinke ended a ban on lead bullets and fishing tackle on federal lands and water. The ban was imposed to protect animals from lead poisoning, but had been criticized by the National Rifle Association as an attack on gun owners. (RELATED: Trump Interior Dept. reverses gun regulation implemented on Obama’s last day)

Zinke said in a statement he determined the original order was “not mandated by any existing statutory or regulatory requirement.” The NRA thanked the new secretary for “eliminating this arbitrary attack.” 

Zinke also hinted at more to come in another order, directing agencies to identify areas where recreation and fishing can be expanded. 

Meanwhile, the EPA reportedly is set to reverse an Obama-era decision to lock in strict gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks through 2025.

Together, the moves are part of a three-pronged attack on regulations issued over the last several months and years. It’s what White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, at CPAC, dubbed the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” 

Since the began their most recent session in January, congressional Republicans have been working to quash last-minute rules and regulations issued by Obama on this way out the door. Trump has also ordered his the federal agencies under the Executive Branch to roll back others, and to remove two regulations for every new one issued.

But its clear that incoming agency heads are also acting on their own. Last week EPA head Scott Pruitt directed his agency to withdraw a request to oil and gas industry to provide data on equipment emissions at sites where they are currently in operation.

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There’s more:

The Washington Examiner reported Monday that Trump also is planning on signing an executive order rolling back Obama’s Clean Power Plan – which requires states to cut greenhouse gas emissions by a third – as well as the Interior Department’s moratorium on coal leases.

However, the Clean Power Plan order would merely instruct the EPA to overturn it. A similar order was sent out last week, instructing regulators to re-examine President Obama’s Clean Water Rule. 

In another example of agencies taking the lead, Health Secretary Tom Price says his department will go through existing health care regulations and try to “get rid” of those they determine hurt patients, as Republicans push an ObamaCare replacement bill. 

In addition to quashing unnecessary, duplicative and expensive regulations, conservatives want the Trump administration to implement practices that prevent agencies from implementing so many of their own rules to begin with – rules and regulations which have the force of law. Congress, they argue, makes laws, not federal bureaucracies.

“Regardless of which party controls the White House, we need to get a handle on the regulatory state. Yes, roll back what we can, but also to make sure we’re going through Congress to put checks in place to restore Article 1 [of the Constitution],” Jason Pye, director of public policy and legislative affairs for FreedomWorks, told Fox News.

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