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Out of Control: 47 New Regulations for Every New Law

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Somebody forgot to tell Washington’s regulatory agencies that it’s Congress that makes laws governing American commerce.

According to a new Competitive Enterprise Institute study provided to Secrets, agency bureaucrats have finalized 47 times more new rules than laws passed in 2011, a runaway record over the past nine years.

CEI found that Congress passed just 81 new laws in 2011, but regulators OK’d 3,807 regulations. A year earlier, Congress approved 217 new laws compared to 3,573 rules, or 16 times more rules.

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