Talk:Donald Trump achievements: Deregulation and government size

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Congress's attempts to cut regulations

Congress is proposing a cutting year's worth of Obama regulations. This is something to follow and see if it actually becomes law.[1] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:20, 7 July 2017 (EDT)


I already wrote something about this at Talk:Donald Trump achievements, but it is a good idea if we watch this.[2] It may be better, however, to add this to Donald Trump achievements: Energy and environmental policy if WOTUS is repealed. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:29, 11 July 2017 (EDT)

Pruitt plans on replacing the rule this year, among numerous other changes: [3] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:24, 11 January 2018 (EST)

State Department budget reductions

There has been much MSM coverage on this, but it seems like Trump's proposed State Department reductions will be at least partially realized.[4][5] Considering that this department is full of liberal career bureaucrats (not to mention that it is the same organization that urged Harry Truman not to recognize Israel), I think these cuts will be beneficial. We'll see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:08, 14 July 2017 (EDT)

Here is another decent article describing the changes, or, at least, the proposed changes to the State Department: [6] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:52, 6 August 2017 (EDT)
The State Department has denied claims that it will not fund its Global Engagement Center, which fights ISIS propaganda.[7] The Voice of America article stated that the defunding might happen. --1990'sguy (talk) 15:44, 7 August 2017 (EDT)
I mentioned this on the military/national security page already, but the State Department is trying to close its cybersecurity office in its proposed reorganization of the department: [8] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:44, 29 August 2017 (EDT)
Pompeo's appointment might not be as good as it sounds, since these State Department reform plans might be abandoned: [9] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:00, 4 May 2018 (EDT)
Pompeo undid a hiring freeze on the Foreign and Civil services enacted by Tillerson: [10][11][12][13] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:42, 15 May 2018 (EDT)
He denies the existence of a deep state at the State Department, somethng that indicates he won't strongly push for America First policies: [14] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:54, 23 May 2018 (EDT)

Other reductions

It appears that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will eliminate or demote dozens of special envoy positions -- a good step in reducing government positions: [15][16][17] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:22, 28 August 2017 (EDT)

I didn't notice this until now, but some of the envoy positions proposed to be eliminated include one tasked with closing Guantanamo Bay and with managing the Iran deal: [18] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:36, 30 August 2017 (EDT)
An envoy for climate change is included as well in the proposed eliminations: [19] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:42, 30 August 2017 (EDT)
The State Department just shut down its Special Representative for Afghanistan-Pakistan Office.[20] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:31, 22 October 2017 (EDT)
It also just shut down an office dedicated to coordinating sanctions policy, merging its functions with another office: [21][22] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:01, 26 October 2017 (EDT)


Here are some decent articles about the reductions in the State Department that are already happening, which I might add later: [23][24] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:53, 30 November 2017 (EST)

Another article, from a left-of-center/globalist standpoint discussing some of the resignations/firings: [25] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:57, 30 November 2017 (EST)

Also, several State Department officials were fired from the Trump Administration very shortly after Trump assumed office. I am planning on adding this to the article soon, probably in the foreign policy sub-article.[26][27][28][29][30][31] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:53, 30 November 2017 (EST)

In the first 8 months of 2017, the number of foreign affairs workers in the State Department fell by 12%: [32] This is great, but I probably won't add this to the article because the number of foreign affairs workers is only a fraction of the total number of State Department employees. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:48, 10 February 2018 (EST)
The State Department finally laid off 360 employees working in Yemen, three years after its embassy in the country closed: [33] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:01, 11 February 2018 (EST)

FEC conservative media censorship

By a majority of one, the FEC avoided taking steps that would have regulated conservative media sources: [34] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:56, 14 July 2017 (EDT)

HUD cutting regulations

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is trying to end another Obama-era regulation that makes the process for awarding Section 8 housing uncompetitive.[35] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:23, 7 August 2017 (EDT)

Interior Department: Obama-era regulation fully repealed

The Interior Department fully repealed an Obama-era regulation, and the repeal will take effect on September 6.[36][37] This is the first time so far in the administration that I saw a regulation repealed through only the actions of the executive branch, rather than the regulation being delayed or still in the consideration stage. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:30, 8 August 2017 (EDT)

Interior: national monuments

Secretary Zinke is recommending shrinking, rather than eliminating, some national monuments: [38][39][40] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:40, 24 August 2017 (EDT)


The Interior Department has announced major reorganization plans: [41] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:19, 11 January 2018 (EST)


The Interior Department is moving to reduce restrictions on hunting bears and wolves on federal land: [42] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:43, 22 May 2018 (EDT)

Another stopped regulation

President Trump blocked a regulation from going into effect that would have required businesses from collecting information about how much they pay workers based on their ethnicity and gender. The regulation is not completely done away with for now, but it is suspended: [43][44] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:41, 29 August 2017 (EDT)

They claim it's all to fight racism/sexism, yet racism is treating people differently based on race, and likewise for sexism. How do the casual liberals not see that this kind of legislation is that by definition? I'm glad it was Trump in the oval office! --David B (TALK) 23:44, 29 August 2017 (EDT)

General deregulation

This article discusses the Trump Administration's attempt to reduce the number of regulations related to worker safety: [45] It's interesting to read, but it's clearly biased and intended to paint the administration in a negative light, so I'll leave it here. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:58, 3 September 2018 (EDT)

Good sources to possibly add (parking spot)

Here are some good sources to possibly add. Trump is making a lot of changes, so a lot of sources are being written about this:

--1990'sguy (talk) 23:50, 31 August 2017 (EDT)

Another interesting article: [46] AFAIK, The Week is not conservative, but it is still interesting to read. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:15, 10 September 2017 (EDT)
According to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Trump already removed or changed about 860 Obama-era regulations.[47] This is good, but I already added info from July 2017 that said the same thing. Hopefully more regulations have been repealed since then. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:55, 13 October 2017 (EDT)

While Politico has a left-wing bias, some of their articles on the Trump Administration's agenda are interesting reads. This article is one of them: [48] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:39, 21 January 2018 (EST)

This is not an article I'm planning on adding, nor one that I would consider "good", but this Bloomberg article criticizing Trump's plans for FEMA spending cuts is still interesting to read and somewhat relevant for here: [49] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:01, 11 April 2018 (EDT)
This is an op-ed by Ken Blackwell, but it might be useful for this article, both on its own part and because it links to some other potentially useful articles: [50] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:00, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Here's another op-ed discussing the administrative state (though the focus is not on the Trump Administration): [51] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:27, 14 May 2018 (EDT)
Here's an interesting article stating that the Trump Administration isn't repealing as many regulations as it might seem because of obstacles to repeal: [52] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:10, 19 May 2018 (EDT)
Some decent sources on the net neutrality repeal: [53][54] --1990'sguy (talk) 07:51, 14 June 2018 (EDT)
Speaking about the FCC, it voted to change its process for handling consumer complaints: [55] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:25, 12 July 2018 (EDT)

Diversity regulations being rolled back

Something to note: the Trump Administration rolled back Obama-era regulations requiring employers to report pay and work hours to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.[56][57][58][59] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:57, 15 September 2017 (EDT)


While I don't think this is important enough to add to the article, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is now fully-staffed. One of the members, Anthony Campau, counselor and chief of staff, is a Trump transition team member who worked at the Heritage Foundation. The "second-in-command" worked for Chief Justice John Roberts.[60] These appear to be good choices. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:01, 15 September 2017 (EDT)

Rolling back estate tax regulations

The Treasury Department announced they would withdraw these proposed rules: [61] This is good, but hopefully, Congress will vote to repeal the tax in its entirety soon. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:38, 5 October 2017 (EDT)

Achievements coming soon?

According to several federal agencies, the Trump Administration policy of deregulation will continue in 2018.[62] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:36, 24 October 2017 (EDT)

Congress may vote to reduce regulations for truck drivers, reducing the age to drive commercial trucks accross state lines from 21 to 18: [63] Not a big or exciting achievement, but it might still count as one. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:50, 30 May 2018 (EDT)


While it's good that Mulvaney enacted a 30-day hiring and regulatory freeze at the CFPB,[64][65][66][67] President Trump had the option of killing the agency out of existence, but he didn't,[68] so I won't add this as an achievement, at least for now. --1990'sguy (talk) 08:52, 29 November 2017 (EST)

President Trump will, however, start "reshaping" the agency: [69] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:04, 29 November 2017 (EST)
Mulvaney is reviewing a slush fund used by the CFPB: [70] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:11, 9 January 2018 (EST)
A court case on the constitutionality of certain aspects of the CFPB might go to the Supreme Court this year: [71] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:54, 12 February 2018 (EST)
This article is interesting, showing how Mulvaney is enacting symbolic changes to the agency, including changing its name and logo: [72] I wish he would have just abolished the agency (as I believe he's legally able to), but he's still doing a decent job. --1990'sguy (talk) 12:11, 23 April 2018 (EDT)
More CFPB news: [73] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:41, 9 May 2018 (EDT)
A good and interesting article on Mulvaney's changes and proposed changes to the CFPB: [74] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:43, 25 May 2018 (EDT)
Mulvaney dissolved three advisory boards at the agency: [75][76][77] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:50, 6 June 2018 (EDT)
This is a very good article on Mulvaney's changes to the CFPB: [78] I wish he would support dissolving the agency entirely, but reading the changes he is making, I might add this to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:02, 10 June 2018 (EDT)

Mulvaney is seeking a 20% reduction in funding for the CFPB: [79] A great request, but since it's up to Congress, we shouldn't expect this to actually happen. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:59, 12 June 2018 (EDT)

Trump's apparent nominee to replace Mulvaney, Kathy Kraninger, has been criticized by conservatives for likely being too establishment and a RINO: [80][81] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:42, 16 June 2018 (EDT)
Other articles on the nomination: [82][83] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:37, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
Mulvaney could remain the head of the CFPB for much longer depending on how long it takes to confirm his successor: [84] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:29, 19 June 2018 (EDT)

Massive EPA staffing cuts coming

The EPA is on track on reducing its number of employees by half by the end of Trump's first term in office -- it would have about 8,000 employees, out of nearly 15,000 when Trump took office.[85][86] I probably won't add this now, since the EPA only cut less than 1,000 employees so far (though it now has the least amount of employees since 1988). --1990'sguy (talk) 11:33, 9 January 2018 (EST)

Other staffing cuts

The Education Department has shrunk by 13%, in terms of the number of employees: [87][88] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:58, 13 June 2018 (EDT)

About 40 members of the Office of Financial Research will lose their jobs because of a reorganization of the agency -- this appears to be a big number compared to the overall size of the agency: [89] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:52, 8 August 2018 (EDT)

Treasury Department actions

The Treasury Department just proposed repealing nearly 300 tax regulations: [90][91] This sounds like a lot (and it seems like very good news), but like usual, I will try to add this once it becomes official (problem is, the media often enjoys writing stories only when the proposal is made). --1990'sguy (talk) 18:55, 13 February 2018 (EST)

While not a deregulatory action, the IRS may deny passports to 362,000 Americans because of unpaid taxes: [92][93] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:03, 6 July 2018 (EDT)

Bank regulations

Interesting article on the Federal Reserve's re-writing of the Volcker Rule: [94][95][96] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:34, 30 May 2018 (EDT)

More on this: [97] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:43, 15 August 2018 (EDT)


The IRS will no longer require political advocacy groups to give the government a list of their major donors, though it will still require this for regular charities: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 I like the fact that it will prevent leaks and protect privacy, but the claims about this move making it possible for foreigners to influence domestic politics is convincing (the Russia stuff is ridiculous, but in general, the criticisms seem well-founded). It may be appropriate to add, but I probably won't, at least until I learn more about this. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:11, 18 July 2018 (EDT)

National debt

Although the national debt remained steady (even decreasing) early in Trump's presidency, it is now rising again, having already passed $21 trillion: [98][99][100][101] Some of the articles cited say that the tax cuts (along with high spending) have caused the debt levels to increase, but it seems quite evident that spending is the real problem -- with a $4 trillion budget with loads of unnecessary domestic spending and foreign aid (and maybe some military spending, though national security is one of the few necessary areas to spend on), it's clear what's causing the debt rise. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:10, 16 March 2018 (EDT)

I decided to add most of this to the article, though I left out the USA Today article which was based on a third-party report rather than government statistics. The real problem is Congress wanting to spend money on social programs and other unnecessary things while not trying to engage in fiscal responsiblity (and while not spending money on what's necessary, like a wall). --1990'sguy (talk) 21:56, 16 May 2018 (EDT)
An interesting, though older, article on this general topic: [102] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:02, 20 June 2018 (EDT)
The CBO's projection for the U.S. is bleak -- though I don't know if it should be added to the article, since it's only a projection rather than reporting on something that already happened, and most of these news articles treat the tax cuts as the problem, not out-of-control spending: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:11, 27 June 2018 (EDT)
The New American makes a good case for leaving it out: [103] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:34, 27 June 2018 (EDT)


With the recently passed budget, we also got the CLOUD act, which is another allowance for invasion of privacy. It basically allows the U.S. to sloop into online storage oversees, and sounds very bad overall. The EFF wrote a good article on it, but they are a bunch of liberals, so I have mixed feelings about referencing it: [104] More concerning, the ACLU is opposed to it. I know on a few rare occasions, they mess up and actually support the American people, but this gives me pause: [105] I was opposed to the bill until I realized that my enemy is calling it their enemy, and I don't dare call them my friends. --David B (TALK) 00:13, 5 April 2018 (EDT)

Interesting. Do you know if any paleoconservative organizations have written about this, and I would expect that some regular news organizations have made stories about this? Sources like that would help if we're going to add this. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:35, 5 April 2018 (EDT)
It's H.R.4943, by the way. There isn't much in mainstream news--NPR is about as mainstream as it gets. [106] There are also some articles coming out from other minor news sources, like these: [107][108]
I'm still not seeing much of anything about it from the conservative side. Some people are saying that this only has to do with executing search warrants (this prevents alleged criminals from hiding data overseas). This is not what I got from the official bill summary, but maybe I'm going to need to go read (or skim) the actual full text. Ugh. --David B (TALK) 15:46, 5 April 2018 (EDT)
This isn't much, but I did find this: [109] I will add that sometimes we see strange alliances in politics -- for example, I remember hearing about those Tea Party groups that allied with environmentalist groups so they could achieve some agenda item they both supported. Surveillance is one of the issues where many leftists say they agree with limited government conservatives on. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:17, 5 April 2018 (EDT)

Conservative "plots" to reduce spending/regulations

The Trump Administration is considering using the Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to reduce some of the massive spending in the omnibus bill: [110][111] Meanwhile, some conservatives want to use the NAFTA renegotiation to push through a law that requires Congress to approve every new regulation costing over a certain amount of money: [112][113] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:44, 5 April 2018 (EDT)

Here's an article on who benefits most from that omnibus bill: [114] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:37, 5 April 2018 (EDT)
The White House is preparing plans for reducing spending by $60 billion at most: [115][116] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:07, 8 April 2018 (EDT)
And McConnell just rejected that plan: [117][118] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:02, 20 April 2018 (EDT)
Trump released a new plan, the first one officially proposed in 20 years, which McConnell is open to this time: [119][120][121][122][123] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:17, 8 May 2018 (EDT)
That GAO approved the vast majority of this proposal, so all that needs to happen is Congress approving it: [124] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:44, 22 May 2018 (EDT)
With this failed, the Trump Administration is considering a plan to cut a smaller amount in foreign funding: [125] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:40, 18 August 2018 (EDT)

Government overspending

The CBO is projecting that the deficit will reach $1 trillion by 2020: [126][127][128] Hopefully, this won't be a repeat of Reagan's presidency in this regard (and in several other regards), where the Left achieve many of their goals despite having a conservative president. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:53, 12 April 2018 (EDT)

The White House wants to reduce EPA funding, though it's worried that the House budget bill right now doesn't cut that funding enough: [129] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:39, 18 July 2018 (EDT)
The House, however, isn't interested in cutting funding further: [130] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:18, 19 July 2018 (EDT)
Another decent article on this: [131] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:35, 20 September 2018 (EDT)

Increasing regulations

While this regulation was first conceived during the Obama Administration, the Trump Admin. FDA is continuing to support a new regulation that requires restraint chains to provide nutritional information of every single product they sell: [132] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:48, 24 April 2018 (EDT)

This op-ed is interesting, discussing how Obama holdovers are helping nullify Trump's deregulatory policies: [133] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:21, 5 May 2018 (EDT)

Government reorganization

The Trump Administration will soon release its plan for reorganizing the federal government, something Congress hopefully will accept: [134] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:09, 6 June 2018 (EDT)