Senate Approves Trump’s Regulatory Chief

July 19, 2017


By Charles Clark

The Senate on Monday approved President Trump’s controversial nominee to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The vote to clear George Mason University law professor Neomi Rao was 54-41.

Rao, who founded a free-market-oriented Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the university in northern Virginia, is expected to continue Trump’s push to ease what advocates see as burdensome regulations. Progressive groups have criticized her for accepting funding from the Koch brothers and for her skepticism about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he applauded his colleagues’ vote. “We can all agree that federal regulations should achieve their aim without imposing unnecessary costs on the country’s economy and job creators,” he said. “I look forward to working with Professor Rao to reduce the burden of regulations — by our best estimates as high as $2 trillion a year — that weigh on the American economy.”

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