Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s latest Executive Order to roll back red tape:

“For years, hardworking Americans have been asking Washington to lift the burdens of red tape, and now they are finally seeing action from a unified Republican government.

“The Executive Order signed by President Trump calls for greater transparency and accountability of our federal agencies, which have turned into a runaway regulatory state. By holding our regulators accountable, we are ensuring that new regulations are made smarter, and not to the detriment of the American families and workers.

“Already, the House has passed critical legislation to cut red tape, and it is reassuring that the Trump Administration is doing what it can as we work to pass permanent legislation to fix our regulatory system for the benefit of the American people.”

Background: The Executive Order signed by President Trump will promote greater accountability and enforcement of needed regulatory reform. Measures within the Executive Order include:

  • Each agency will establish a regulatory reform taskforce to identify and recommend the elimination or modification of regulations that inhibit job creation, are redundant, or unnecessarily expensive.
  • Each taskforce is responsible for reviewing all regulations on the books within that agency.
  • Agencies will regularly report on their progress.
  • Each agency will create a regulatory reform officer (RRO).
  • The RRO is responsible for leading the comprehensive review within the agency and they will be looking for cost, effectiveness, necessity, and transparency.

Click here to learn more about the House Judiciary Committee’s work to reduce the burden of government regulations.