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Regulation cuts to continue in 2018 at pace higher than Trump promised

President Donald Trump holds up a chart on highway regulations during an event on federal regulations in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Trump administration’s torrid pace of cutting Obama-era regulations will continue into 2018 at a pace higher than President Trump promised on the campaign trail and in his executive order calling for two old rules to be killed for every new one proposed.

A new study of the administration’s plans said that the White House is on a pace to 3.4 regulations for every new one.

While that is down from the administration’s early 10-1 pace, it is a realistic sign that government agencies are finding an excess of rules and regulations that can be eliminated.

“Of the 579 actions listed in the Unified Agenda as deregulatory or regulatory, 448 are deregulatory, while 131 are regulatory,” according to a new analysis of the agenda by Dan Goldbeck, a research analyst for regulatory policy at the American Action Forum.

“If this plan is executed as written, that would put the administration at a ratio of 3.4 deregulatory actions for every regulatory action – well beyond the goal of two-for-one,” he wrote.

The president last week heralded the cuts in regulations and promised to continue until they reach the much smaller levels last seen in the 1960s. To do that, according to analysts, he will need the help of Congress, though Congress led the effort this year in helping Trump meet his goal.

See Goldbeck’s analysis here.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com