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Congress Can Make Regulators Accountable
And the FDA would be a good place to start

March 23, 2017  •  National Review

It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future," Yogi Berra famously (and apocryphally) said — but we're going to hazard one anyway. Because the need for less-intrusive and more-cost-effective regulation is a core belief in both the GOP majority in Congress and the Trump administration, much-needed regulatory rollbacks will be an ongoing storyline in 2017 and beyond.

In a December 60 Minutes interview, House speaker Paul Ryan spoke of the need for regulatory reform:

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Michelle Obama And Chef Tom Colicchio Form A Misguided Partnership

February 22, 2017  •  Forbes

Just when many of us hoped that we would soon be seeing the last of the Obamas, it appears that Michelle Obama will still be involved in what passes for public service in progressives' parallel universe. She has decided to partner with the far left-wing Food Policy Action Education Fund, a sister organization of the radical Food Policy Action.

In an advertisement video released in early January, Mrs. Obama intones, "What a wonderful world it would be if all the children had the nutrition they need." That is rich, given that at every turn her husband's administration obstructed new, innovative technologies that could have offered cheaper, safer, higher-quality products.

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The Environmentalist War On Science

February 1, 2017  •  Daily Caller

The EPA just threw out five years of fracking safety research to appease green extremists. Although early drafts found no evidence that fracking has had a "widespread, systemic" impact on drinking water, the final report claims that there isn't "enough information to make a broad conclusion."

How absurd. An honest look at the science should have environmentalists waving the white flag in their fight against fracking. It's time for both the EPA and green crusaders to quit this political charade and recognize that fracking technology has boosted the economy, helped wean America off imported oil and gas, and dramatically reduced CO2 emissions.

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Shining a Light on Midnight Regulations

January 30, 2017  •  National Center for Public Policy Research

Much has been made about the unprecedented number of Obama Administration "midnight regulations," those rules issued between Election Day and the Trump inauguration.

The Obama administration issued an estimated $157 billion worth of midnight regulations, according to the American Action Forum, headed by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office.And that doesn't include dictates that circumvented the formal rule-making process.

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Fixing FDA is literally a matter of life and death

January 19, 2017  •  The HIll

In a December 60 Minutes interview, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke of the need for regulatory reform.

"There are a lot of regulations that are really just crushing jobs. Look at the coal miners in the Rust Belt that are getting out of work...the loggers and the timber workers and the paper mills on the West Coast...the ranchers or farmers in the Midwest...We're talking about smarter regulations that actually help us grow jobs in this country."

Leaving no doubt about the centrality of regulatory reform on the congressional to-do list, Speaker Ryan also said, "So we think regulatory relief is very, very important. And that's something we're going to work on on day one."

He wasn't kidding.

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