The Trump administration had asked for suggestions and recommendations on the ways the government could reduce regulations and make the approval process easier for companies. A total of 168 companies responded with possible ways.
The Washington Post reported that three senior administration officials from different departments in the White House have said that many of the suggestions are likely to be accepted.
The most prominent comments include the following:
- The Associated General Contractors of America have asked to repeal 11 of President Obama’s executive orders and memos. This includes one that mandates paid sick leaves for government contractors.
- The Pavement Coating Council wants to do away with the “advocacy research” that is carried out by the US Geological Survey which investigates the environmental impact of coal tar which the council believes can be used to seal driveways and parking lots.
- The US Chamber of Commerce wants to decrease time opponents have to counter federal approvals of projects between 2-6 years old.
- The US Chamber of Commerce wants to remove the requirement that employers share their injuries and illnesses records online with the Labor Department, for “everyone to see”.
The Washington Post has learned from Vice President and Chief Policy Officer at the Chamber of Commerce, Neil Bradley, that many of the regulations were pushed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He went on to say that under the influence of the EPA, the past administration issues “high cost, high-impact regulations” which negatively impacted businesses by raising costs significantly. Bradley claimed that according to the Chamber’s findings, the regulations caused businesses a massive $70 billion every year.
He believes the new administration is interested in repealing regulations set by the previous one, saying that they are willing to streamline rules and approvals for the betterment of businesses. The Obama administration had taken major steps in trying to preserve the environment but businesses have had to bear the burden of heavy costs associated with the enforced regulations.
Wilbur Ross, the Commerce Secretary, who is supposed to report on how to activate the process of domestic manufacturing by the end of May told The Washington Post, “This is the first time any administration has canvassed the private sector to find the worst regulatory and permitting problems, and it is axiomatic that you can’t solve a problem until you have identified it.”
He continued by saying that officials in the White House were narrowing down the list of suggestions and deciding on possible courses of action.
“We look forward to working with American workers and businesses, in manufacturing and other sectors, to unshackle the innovative spirit that made this country great,” says Ross.