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Todd Gaziano: The Congressional Review Act is More Powerful Than Understood

November 8, 2017

The Congressional Review act is a tool allowing Congress to take back its Constitutionally delegated authority to pass laws from executive agencies, Congress has only recently begun to understand its potential.

Regulations, many unnecessary, duplicative and even harmful, restrict American's freedom, costing us billions of dollars each year. Many of these regulations go beyond the power given to various agencies by Congress under the law. The Congressional Review Act, a tool allowing Congress to take back its Constitutionally delegated authority to pass laws from executive agencies, was used 14 times this year to stop bad regulations. Provisions in the law allow Congress to use it much more often to stop even older regulations on the book. Congress should use this authority.
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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org