On May 19th, President Trump signed an Executive Order giving Cabinet members authority to cut regulations during a Cabinet meeting, Instructing federal agencies to slash all “unnecessary regulations that impede economic recovery.”
Moments before the President signed the order, he addressed members of the Cabinet saying, “I’m directing agencies to review the hundreds of regulations we’ve already suspended in response to the virus and make these suspensions permanent where possible.”
Then the President spoke directly to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao saying “Elaine, you can do things that nobody would believe in your department, Department of Transportation. So good luck. I’m signing this, it gives you tremendous power to cut regulations.”
Fox News reports the executive order instructs regulatory agencies to look at more than 600 regulatory actions taken during the coronavirus pandemic and tell the White House which ones should be made permanent.
“If a bureaucratic rule needs to be suspended during a time of crisis to help the American people, we should ask ourselves if it makes sense to keep at all,” Acting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russ Vought told Fox Business.
The news of this Executive Order quickly spread on social media, with those in the trucking industry speculating whether the Hours-of-Service regulations, which are currently waived for nationwide for companies who are hauling essential goods as part of the relief efforts through June 14th, 2020 will be one of the regulations on the chopping block.
There are rumors of a meeting planned tomorrow between white house officials and some of the truckers protesting outside the White House, although these rumors are unconfirmed. This Executive Order might change some of the talking points at this meeting, should it actually happen.