Make dishwashers great again? Trump brings ‘reform’ to popular appliance
WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – For years, President Donald Trump has spoken about water protection measures that he believes are making dishwashers less efficient than they used to be. Now, just days before the election, the Trump administration has changed Obama-era regulations to allow increased water flow for the popular kitchen appliance.
“The dishwashers had a bit of a problem. They didn’t give enough water, so people let them run ten times and ended up using more water, ”Trump said at a rally in Carson City, Nevada earlier this month. “And that thing is damn good. We released it. “
“Now you can buy a dishwasher and it will come out nice,” he added. “Go buy a dishwasher. Go buy it. “
According to NBC News, Obama-era dishwasher standards did not allow more than 5 gallons of water per cycle for standard products. That’s roughly half the water the device used two decades ago.
Russ Vought, the director of the White House bureau of administration and budget, said the president had freed people from “ridiculous government regulations” and brought “common sense reform” to dishwashers.
“Dishes are now washed in an hour or less,” Russ Vought told Real Clear Politics. “This is another example of President Trump’s promises that have continued to be deregulated.”
While some models may have a long wash cycle, 87 percent of dishwashers sold in 2017 included a fast cycle that could wash and dry dishes in an hour, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.
The Vought office made the news official with an Oct. 20 tweet that read, “With the onerous regulations imposed by the Obama administrator, dishwashers were weak and lasted nearly three hours. Today we passed an @ENERGY rule to change that. Using @POTUS’s common sense rule, Americans can wash dishes in under an hour! “
Before this move, according to the New York Times, the Trump administration reset the energy standards for lightbulbs and frozen the standards for gas-fired stoves in private households.