ATR today released a coalition letter signed by 36 organizations in support of President Trump’s Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery Executive Order. The coalition applauds President Trump for making deregulation the centerpiece of the Administration’s Coronavirus response and encourages him to make this deregulation permanent wherever possible.

ATR President Grover Norquist praised the executive order, saying:

President Trump’s executive order to slash red tape and directing all agencies to use their emergency powers to ‘rescind or temporarily waive damaging regulations’ is key to recovery. 

President Trump and the Republican congress brought us strong growth, job creation and increasing wages by reducing taxes and the regulatory burden.

We can return America to prosperity the same way.

The Democrat congress opposes tax reduction, but President Trump is leading on executive orders reducing the cost and unnecessary delays caused by overregulation.

President Trump’s drive for more deregulation—first to fight the virus and second to restore growth — is moving full speed ahead.

The full letter can be found below, and a downloadable copy here.

Dear President Trump, 

We write in support of your Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery Executive Order (EO). As the focus turns toward restarting the economy and society, this EO will give businesses the flexibility they need to reopen their doors, create jobs, and safely get Americans back to work.

Instead of using the pandemic as an excuse to consolidate more power, you have made deregulation the centerpiece of your Administration’s Coronavirus response. This regulatory relief has streamlined our national response to the Coronavirus, leading to over 500 waived rules and regulations nationwide.

Most importantly, the Order directs agencies to review the impact of any regulations that they have waived or suspended during the pandemic and determine if they are necessary to reinstate. Permanently repealing these regulations – most of which were never necessary in the first place – will help grow our economy long after the pandemic has run its course.

Authorizing agencies to use the same emergency authority they have used to fight the Coronavirus to also waive regulations that stand in the way of our post-pandemic economic recovery will promote job creation, economic growth, and reduce the cost and unnecessary delays caused by overregulation. 

The Order not only directs agencies to temporarily waive or suspend any rules or regulations that inhibit economic growth as we recover from the Coronavirus, but also establishes a “Regulatory Bill of Rights,” to provide businesses with more certainty and direction. 

The “Regulatory Bill of Rights” directs agencies not to over-enforce when American businesses are clearly working in good faith to follow the law and keep their customers and employees safe. It is a set of ten regulatory principles that direct agencies to be fair and transparent in enforcing against any potential violations of law should there be an administrative proceeding.

Before the Coronavirus crisis, your pro-growth agenda of tax cuts and regulatory relief kickstarted one of the strongest economies in American history. We can return America to prosperity the same way.

As our country reopens, your new regulatory relief EO will jumpstart the economy and give businesses the flexibility and confidence they need to safely get Americans back to work.

We encourage you to continue removing regulations that stand in the way of private sector and government assistance during the crisis and to make as many of these regulatory waivers, suspensions, and adjustments permanent where possible.


Grover G. Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform

Phil Kerpen
American Commitment

Steve Pociask
President & CEO
The American Consumer Institute

Lisa B. Nelson
American Legislative Exchange Council

Brent Wm. Gardner
Chief Government Affairs Officer
Americans for Prosperity

Robert Alt
President & CEO
The Buckeye Institute

Garrett Ballengee
Executive Director
Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy

Andrew F. Quinlan​​​​​​​
Center for Freedom & Prosperity

Thomas Schatz​​​​​​​
Citizens Against Government Waste

Chuck Muth​​​​​​​
Citizen Outreach

Curt Levey​​​​​​​
The Committee for Justice

Clyde Wayne Crews Jr.
Vice President of Policy & Senior Fellow
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Katie McAuliffe​​​​​​​
Executive Director
Digital Liberty

Patrick Purtill​​​​​​​
Director of Legislative Affairs
Faith and Freedom Coalition

Rick Watson
Florida Center/Right Coalition

Adam Brandon

Annette Meeks
Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

George Landrith​​​​​​​
Frontiers of Freedom

Andresen Blom​​​​​​​
Hawaiian Values

Jessica Anderson
Executive Director
Heritage Action for America

Wayne Hoffman
Idaho Freedom Foundation

Seton Motley
Less Government

Ann Schockett​​​​​​​
National Federation of Republican Women

Pete Sepp​​​​​​​
National Taxpayers Union

William L. O’Brien
New Hampshire Center Right Coalition

Jeff Kropf​​​​​​​
Executive Director
Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation

Daniel J. Erspamer​​​​​​​
Pelican Institute

Jim Vokal​​​​​​​
Platte Institute

Eli Lehrer​​​​​​​
R Street Institute

Paul Gessing​​​​​​​
Rio Grande Foundation

Karen Kerrigan
President & CEO
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Tim Andrews
Executive Director
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Sara Croom​​​​​​​
Executive Director
Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity

James L. Martin
60 Plus Association

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis​​​​​​​
60 Plus Association

Maureen Blum
Executive Director
USA Workforce Coalition

Carol Platt Liebau​​​​​​​
Yankee Institute