Another Win for NAM’s MCLA: U.S. District Court Dismisses Challenge To President Trump’s ‘2 For 1’ Regulatory Relief Order

The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) scored another win today, this time in the U.S. District Court for D.C. The court dismissed a baseless challenge to President Donald Trump’s so-called “2 for 1” Executive Order, which aims to make government regulation more efficient by requiring government agencies to repeal two outdated or ineffective regulations for every new regulation. Public Citizen filed the lawsuit, claiming the president’s order was arbitrary, but the court ultimately sided with the MCLA and others who support it.

In fact, last June, we filed an amicus brief that not only emphasized the importance of making the regulatory system more efficient but also explained how this order is an extension of a bipartisan history of executive orders with the same goals.

Regulatory reform has been an important factor in helping manufacturers grow the economy and create more jobs. It’s helping manufacturers. It’s helping our economy. Now is the time to build on that progress, not move backward. That’s why the MCLA got involved in this case. The MCLA was set up by the NAM to fight back in court against a range of backward-looking policies—from unwise union rules to burdensome and damaging regulations—that held our economy back for too long. That’s what we did in other recent successful cases, and that’s what we did here.

We’re excited about the progress we’re making already, and we’re pleased to have partners in the administration who are dedicated to similar priorities as well. But this is hardly the time to get complacent. Indeed, while the court in this case dismissed Public Citizen’s challenge, citing a lack of standing for the organization to bring this suit in the first place, Public Citizen could try to bolster their standing claims and sue again, so the NAM will be vigilant to preserve our win if they do so.

You can be sure we will.

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Leland Frost

Associate General Counsel at National Association of Manufacturers
Leland Frost is the Associate General Counsel at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As part of the Manufacturers' Center for Legal Action, Mr. Frost works to strengthen the NAM's ability to promote manufacturing policy objectives through litigation. Mr. Frost's background includes international, environmental and corporate law experience and work on a wide range of policy and regulatory issues.
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