White House budget director Mick Mulvaney revealed at a news briefing on Thursday that President Obama was holding a “secret list” of proposed federal rules that he said the Obama administration had been hoping to implement.
“They had a bunch of things that they wanted to regulate. And what we’re hearing is that they just didn’t want to tell you about it,” said Mulvaney. “They thought it would be bad for their re-election prospects in 2012, so they created a secret list of regs that were not disclosed to you folks, and we are disclosing it.”
President Trump has promised a “two-for-one policy” on regulations, said Mulvaney, which means that for every new regulation introduced by Trump team, two old regulations would be eliminated. As a result, that policy has led to the removal of 860 rules.
Mulvaney said that the Trump administration plans to handle policy-making very differently. “There will be none of that in this administration. We will not have a secret list,” he said. “We will not have a hidden list of regulations that we’re thinking about doing but we’re not going to tell you about. That’s going to end effective immediately. In fact, it has already ended. We’re not going to do that anymore.”
None of President Obama’s former staff members commented on the new revelation, and the mainstream media did not report on the new finding. The secret list is yet another indication that the Obama administration was not as transparent as they claimed they were with the American people.
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