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Obama has issued 29% more 'major' regulations than Bush

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With an avalanche of Obamacare regulations and rules from still-unannounced executive orders coming, President Obama is on a path to issue nearly a third more major regulations than his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.

A new analysis from the Competitive Enterprise Institute revealed that in his first five years in office, Obama has issued an average of 81 major, impactful regulations a year. Bush averaged 61 a year over his full two terms.

BUSH (Avg: 63)

2001, 70

2002, 51

2003, 51

2004, 66

2005, 56

2006, 56

2007, 60

2008, 95

OBAMA (Avg: 81)

2009, 84

2010, 99

2011, 80

2012, 67

2013, 77

Among the rules issued by Obama were those regulating the speed of ships in areas where whales swim, multiple Obamacare restrictions and requirements and several environmental and financial changes.

CEA's Wayne Crews noted that although Obama has “talked about regulatory lookbacks and reducing regulation in his executive orders on the topic ... his major rulemakings average 29 percent higher than Bush.”

He added that the rise in regulations isn't a shock due to Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial law. He said that departments handling those issues are “becoming increasingly active in terms of major rules.”

When added to the overall list of regulations and rules issued last year, the total reaches 3,659. Although it isn’t a record, Crews said that the trend is toward more costly rules.

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