294 Costliest Rules in Biden’s Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations

Unelected federal agencies personnel issue over 3,000 rules and regulations every year. That compares to a far lower number of laws passed by the elected Congress, whose recent 10-year average is 169 annually.

The Biden White House’s new Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions was released in late June (I profiled it here; a breakdown of its 3,803 rules here). As I often note, since 1981 the Agenda has surveyed a selection of the executive branch’s regulatory priorities.

As one of its first actions, the Biden administration repudiated the Trump-era one-in, two-out program and regulatory streamlining itself. The Office of Management and Budget’s one-time overseers have shifted gears on streamlining and now reinforce progressive activism with extension of health programs and the climate and “equity” agenda.  

Biden’s Spring Agenda finds 67 departments, agencies and commissions presenting the aforementioned 3,803 rules in the pipeline at the “Active” (pre-rule, proposed, and final) “Completed,” and “Long-term” stages.


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