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Trump admin touts signing up 700 state and local leaders for 'drain the swamp' initiative in 1 year
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The Trump administration on Wednesday touted that more than 700 state, local and tribal officials have signed up for the Governors' Initiative on Regulatory Innovation focusing on issues like occupational licensing reform.
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The initiative, which includes 25 governors from both parties, was started on Oct. 21, 2019, with Vice President Mike Pence taking the lead.
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"When the president was first being briefed on it, the idea was how do we take the idea of drain the swamp … to the people?" Brooke Rollins, director of the United States Domestic Policy Council, told FOX Business. "COVID has been devastating. … It also has allowed us the opportunity to look at how to deregulate, how under COVID we have been able to do that on telehealth, moving government rules out of the way so we can get health care to millions of people."
Many of these issues, like occupational licensing reform, rest on a state level, so the administration has used its "bully pulpit" to encourage deregulation, Rollins said. The administration has held more than 20 briefings (both in-person and virtual) as part of the initiative.
Explaining deregulatory efforts like overhauling the National Environmental Policy Act may not feel relevant to someone like a single mom, but the state actions encouraged by the initiative can be more tangible, Rollins said.
"Occupational licensing reform can make a difference in her life. She can open up a salon or restaurant, be a small business owner," Rollins said. "That's the really exciting part."
The administration touts Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida, Jared Polis of Colorado and Brad Little of Idaho as champions of deregulation, especially when it comes to occupations licensing reform.