Trump Reins In Regulators' Enforcement Powers

Law360, Washington (October 9, 2019, 5:30 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders Wednesday that require agencies to publish all informal guidance and limit its use in enforcement, targeting what conservatives call bureaucratic overreach and secret rulemaking.  

"All too often, guidance documents are a back door for regulators to change the laws and vastly expand their scope and reach," Trump said in an Oval Office signing ceremony. "A permanent federal bureaucracy cannot become a fourth branch of government unanswerable to voters."

The president said the orders would protect Americans from "persecution from their own government — except perhaps for me," one of Trump's several apparent references to...

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