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Obama Urges Independent Agencies to Shed Burdensome Rules

President Barack Obama urged independent agencies to consider proposals that would cut paperwork and eliminate outdated rules, broadening his effort to remove or overhaul unnecessary U.S. regulations.

Obama’s order is aimed at bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, excluded from the effort among federal departments he started in January to drop rules that stifle economic expansion without helping consumers.