Legal & Regulatory

Deregulation Moves Predicted On Donald Trump’s Administration

December 10
6:26 AM 2016

With President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet selections, business leaders predict that existing regulations will undergo dramatic changes on the coming administration. Mr. Trump has been assigning people in his cabinet who are determined adversaries of the agencies they will hold.

From overtime pay, power plant emissions to Dodd-Frank regulations on banks, rules are expected to be modified.

"On regulations, we're going to eliminate every single regulation that hurts our farms, our workers and our small businesses," the President-elect said, stressing that he wants to eliminate the rules that hinder job growth.

Andy Puzder, head of the parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's burger chains, was selected by Mr. Trump as Labor Secretary.

Mr. Puzder has been a known critic of the Affordable Care Act. He opposed raising the federal minimum wage higher than $9 an hour.

For the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Trump assigned Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next administrator. He has posed legal challenges on the environmental regulations President Barack Obama's administration. He is known as a climate change denialist, and is a close ally of the fossil fuel industry.

Such move reflects Mr. Trump's stand to dismantle the current administration's measures related to climate change.

Mr. Trump has previously commented that human-caused global warming is a merely a hoax, even looking to cancel the Paris accord.

"During the campaign, Mr. Trump regularly threatened to dismantle the E.P.A. and roll back many of the gains made to reduce Americans' exposures to industrial pollution, and with Pruitt, the president-elect would make good on those threats," stated Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group, a research and advocacy organization.

He added that Attorney General Pruitt could be the most hostile E.P.A. administrator in history.

Mr. Trump also picked Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. She has been opposing government control of public education.

Senator Jeff Sessions was chosen by Mr. Trump as Attorney General. He has expressed his intent to change some policies of the Department of Justice, particularly those relating to immigration.

Although his choices has angered the Democrats, Mr. Trump believes that "robust economic growth and job creation is a cure for all ills." In relation to this, he relies on his cabinet picks to remove the regulations and taxes that blocks growth.

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