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Obama Tops Record for Regulation Page Count

Obama Tops Record for Regulation Page Count

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By    |   Thursday, 17 November 2016 04:10 PM

President Barack Obama has passed the most rules and regulations by page count, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

The Federal Register added 572 pages of rules and regulations Thursday, reaching 81,640 pages in 2016 alone, the highest amount, surpassing the previous record of 81,405 in 2010. Compare former presidents George W. Bush, whose count was 79,435 in 2008, Bill Clinton, who reached 74,258 in 2000, and Ronald Reagan, who passed 57,736 in 1981.

"No one knows what the future holds, but at a pace of well over 1,000 pages weekly, the Federal Register could easily top 90,000 pages this year," wrote CEI's Clyde Wayne Crews. "The simple algebra says that at the current pace we'll add 11,190 pages over the next 44 days, to end 2016 at around 92,830 pages.

"This is astonishing and should be of great concern, and intolerable, to policymakers. It is remarkable enough that the all-time record has been passed before Thanksgiving."

"President-elect Donald Trump could take a page from President Reagan, who brought page counts down from Carter's 73,258 to as low as 44,812," Crews added. "We don't need a pen and phone, we need a meat axe."

House Republicans have asked the Obama administration to halt enacting more of the president's executive actions, led by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

"By refraining from acting with undue haste, you will ensure that agency staff may fully assess the costs and benefits of rules, making it less likely that unintended consequences will harm consumers and businesses," a letter to the administration read, according to CNN.

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