2,666,000 Words: FDA Rules Issued Under Obama Twice the Length of Bible

By Ali Meyer | June 18, 2015 | 3:17pm EDT

A Gutenberg Bible, the first major book published using movable type in

the year 1454.   (Photo: AP)

(CNSNews.com) -- Since President Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued 545 new final regulations, equaling 2,666 pages in the Federal Register and totaling approximately 2,666,000 words, according to a count of the regulations published in the Federal Register.

The Gutenberg Bible is only 1,282 pages and 646,128 words.  This means the new FDA regulations issued by the Obama Administration contain twice as many pages as the Bible and four times as many words.

The Federal Register publishes documents, including proposed rules, notices, interim rules, corrections, drafts of final rules and the final rules. The CNSNews.com tabulation included only final rules from the FDA.

CNSNews.com found 545 distinct rules published by the FDA since January 20, 2009 covering medical devices, food additives, and animal drugs, to name a few.

To give an example, on June 22, 2011, the FDA released a final rule entitled, “Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements."  The rule was 150 pages long and was issued to “require color graphics, depicting the negative health consequences of smoking, to accompany the nine new textual warning statements required under the Tobacco Control Act.”

The Obama FDA regulations have twice as many words as the entire Harry Potter book series, which includes seven books with 1,084,170 words.


The FDA regulations, to date, have 586 times as many words as the U.S. Constitution, which has 4,543 words, including the signatures; the FDA regs also have 1,828 times as many words as the Declaration of Independence, which has 1,458 words including the signatures.

To get an approximate word count for the FDA rules in the Federal Register, CNSNews.com evaluated a few random rules from the 545 EPA regulations published since Obama took office. In these rules, as published in the Federal Register, each page averaged approximately 1,000 words.

From this, CNSNews.com calculated that the 2,666 pages in the 545 new final EPA rules issued during the Obama administration equal 2,666,000 words.

This is only an approximation because some pages in the Federal Register carry more words than others, and some regulations end in the beginning or middle of a page. For example, one of the regulations was eight-pages long and totaled 9,513 words, an average of 1,189 words per page. 

Another regulation was three-pages long and 2,975 words, which averaged to 991 words per page.  

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