The Wall Street Journal : Who gets to make the rules? Washington may finally get it right

February 08, 2021 | By TODD GAZIANO

Biden should keep Trump’s last-minute executive order making regulation more accountable. President Biden’s team is understandably skeptical of “midnight” executive actions issued during President Trump’s final weeks, but one order, issued Jan. 18, is as valuable in reinforcing democratic accountability as it is consti ...


The Hill : 1,860 unconstitutional FDA rules

April 29, 2019 | By TODD GAZIANO

This article was originally published by The Hill on April 29, 2019. Will the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) change its rule-making practices when it learns that 98 percent of its regulations since 2001 were unconstitutional? That’s the figure we uncovered in a comprehensive study examining 2,952 Health and Human Services (HHS) regula ...


Investor’s Business Daily : Taming The Regulatory State

August 31, 2018 | By TODD GAZIANO

Originally published by Investor’s Business Daily August 31, 2018. According to one Mercatus Center study, each of us must obey over 1 million regulatory dictates, vastly more than the statutes written by our elected lawmakers in Congress. But the sheer number is not the only, or even the worst, problem. The more troubling issue is the R ...


Two-and-a-half cheers for May’s historic CRA actions

May 29, 2018 | By TODD GAZIANO

Originally published by The Hill May 29, 2018. The Congress and President Trump set two historic precedents last week when they enacted a law overturning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) illegal and misguided “guidance” on auto loans by car dealers. Because Congress used the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to p ...


National Review : Restoring the indispensable protection for liberty

April 12, 2018 | By TODD GAZIANO

Published in National Review April 12, 2018. This week, the Pacific Legal Foundation filed a second wave of lawsuits in our campaign to accelerate the end of the unconstitutional administrative state. PLF’s coordinated litigation campaign challenges violations of regulatory-reform mandates, most notably multiple agency failures to send rules ...


Wall Street Journal : Career civil servants illegitimately rule America

February 28, 2018 | By TODD GAZIANO

Originally published in The Wall Street Journal February 28, 2018. After Kimberly Manor lost her husband to lung cancer, she was inspired to make a dramatic career change. Kimberly now owns and operates Moose Jooce in Lake, Mich., a “vape shop” that sells various electronic nicotine devices. These products use battery-powered coils to v ...


Kill Regulations to Save the Sage Grouse

September 26, 2017 | By TODD GAZIANO

Conventional wisdom holds that state and federal environmental regulation is better than either alone. But even with the best of intentions, federal, one-size-fits-all regulation that interferes with more-effective state and private wildlife conservation efforts can cause real harm. … ...


It’s magical legal thinking to say Trump can’t reverse Obama’s national monuments

July 06, 2017 | By TODD GAZIANO

Suppose President Trump declared much of California, Nevada and Oregon — states that just happened to vote against him — off-limits to economic development and recreational use. Suppose he barred all mining, grazing, agriculture and even camping from these states’ federal lands (roughly 46% of California, 85% of Nevada and 53% of Oregon ...


Three Cheers for the Congressional Review Act

June 29, 2017 | By TODD GAZIANO

After more than 20 years of dormancy, Congress finally started to use the Congressional Review Act as intended this year — to seriously oversee the federal bureaucracy. So far, this Congress and President Trump have used the CRA to pass 14 laws disapproving regulations issued at the end of the Obama administration, and many more … ...