As local, state, and federal government officials grapple with ways to treat and contain the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, some of the best policy responses are coming not from imposing new regulations, but from loosening old ones. CEI experts and allies weigh in.


Policy Responses to Coronavirus

A new video released today by the Competitive Enterprise Institute features CEI President and CEO Kent Lassman discussing why it's critical to eliminate never needed regulations to help with the Coronavirus recovery. 

WATCH: Eliminating Never Needed Regulation to Help With The Coronavirus Recovery

CEI Video - August 10, 2020

 In a new paper released today, Competitive Enterprise Institute experts encourage lawmakers at the federal and state levels to go further with deregulation efforts in order to spur innovation and opportunity.

CEI Report - July 22, 2020

Watch CEI's Latest Repeal for Resilience Online Discussion on the Jones Act Leviathan Featuring Senator Mike Lee

There are a lot to important reforms keep track of, so we put together an infographic that collects in one place the most urgent #NeverNeeded regulations that need reform.

Open Market - July 21, 2020

Trade barriers are harming both priorities. This paper contains three proposals that Congress and the Trump administration can enact immediately to lift trade barriers.

CEI Report - June 22, 2020

President Trump’s steel tariffs were intended to boost U.S. manufacturing. They backfired to the point where a group of steel-using industries sued to stop the tariffs. 

Open Market - June 22, 2020

The event featured remarks by Paul Ray, Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

CEI Report - June 22, 2020

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is calling for the Trump Administration to defund the International Agency for Research on Cancer. A division of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States funds IARC via National Institutes of Health grants. 

CEI Report - June 18, 2020

In a new paper for the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), senior fellow Ben Lieberman makes the case that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should approve the waivers and that Congress should legislatively sunset the program.

CEI Report - June 10, 2020

CEI’s annual survey of the size and scope of the federal regulatory burden. The report takes on special importance, given regulation’s starring role in the coronavirus response

National Review - May 26, 2020

"The CDC devolved into an agency incapable of adequately addressing the serious threat posed by infectious disease, particularly novel diseases for which there is little information about risk, spread, and treatment." -Michelle Minton

National Review - May 26, 2020

"Regulations are a big obstacle in fighting the coronavirus. They are also a major obstacle to economic recovery." -Wayne Crews & Ryan Young

Inside Sources - June 4, 2020

"It is no surprise that the only bipartisan action Congress is able to take is spending trillions of taxpayer dollars, even though several deregulatory measures would help our recovery immediately" -Wayne Crews

CEI Report - May 14, 2020

"The CDC devolved into an agency incapable of adequately addressing the serious threat posed by infectious disease, particularly novel diseases for which there is little information about risk, spread, and treatment." -Michelle Minton

CEI Report, May 13, 2020

"An economy as healthy as possible, one unencumbered by needless regulation, is one that will be more resilient in the face of the next crisis; and with luck, one more resistant to the flash policy of spendulus." - Wayne Crews

Forbes - May 10, 2020

"Over the past month, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and others have pointed to #NeverNeeded regulations that have served no purpose for years and are now hindering our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to the economic dislocation that enforced social distancing has caused." -John Berlau

Open Markets - April 29, 2020

"Not every regulation on the books is directly harming the COVID-19 response. There are a lot of other regulations that need reform, but the #NeverNeeded set deserves urgent action." -Ryan Young

Open Market, April 13, 2020

“If Congress can spend to stimulate, Washington can also deregulate to stimulate,” read the blueprint drawn up by regulatory expert Clyde Wayne Crews, the vice president for policy and a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Washington Examiner - May 14, 2020

Direct government aid won’t be enough to get the country past this health and economic catastrophe, argued Iain Murray, vice president for strategy and senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “We must get rid of unneeded regulations that impede recovery,” he said in releasing a report on regulations that could be cut or modified.

Bloomberg Law - April 13, 2020

“Many regulations have proven to hinder or delay appropriate policy responses. Other regulations are or were making things worse than they otherwise would be. In many cases, it is now clear that these regulations were never needed, or that whatever justification they once had has been superseded,” said a new report from the Competitive Enterprise Institute shared with Secrets.

Washington Examiner - April 7, 2020

Share Ideas for Getting Rid of #NeverNeeded Regulations Hindering Coronavirus Response

The U.S. government's $2 trillion relief package is an example of short-term “flash policy” at its worst. The coronavirus pandemic needs a long-term policy response.​ Tweet your ideas and share with CEI staff.


A Twitter hashtag, #NeverNeeded, is collecting a growing list of ideas for rules and regulations to get rid of as well as those that have already been axed.  Join the discussion.

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