AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released a paper on the Congressional Review Act by Ryan Walters, attorney with the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The paper, “The Undervaluation of the Congressional Review Act,” explores how the U.S. Congress and President could use the Congressional Review Act to nullify unnecessary federal rules and regulations.

          “The Congressional Review Act gives Congress the power to overturn agency rules without obstruction from a Senate minority, if its acts within a relatively brief timeframe,” said Walters. “Congress and President Trump recently used the Congressional Review Act to nullify many rules issued by Obama administration agencies going back to June of 2016, but a wide variety of earlier-issued rules were never sent to Congress. The countdown on the deadline to use the Congressional Review Act to nullify those rules has therefore yet to begin. 

“While they have made good use of the Congressional Review Act thus far, the Trump administration and leadership of Congress should seize the opportunity to nullify regulations issued earlier during the Obama administration if the agencies failed to notify Congress.This failure of agencies to comply with the notification requirements of the Congressional Review Act has been common, and Congress should reassert its authority over the administrative state.”

To see the full publication, please visit: http://txpo.li/2vYfsRw

 

For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Walters, please contact Alicia Pierce at apierce@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

Ryan Walters is an attorney with the Center for the American Future at Texas Public Policy Foundation.