House Passes Bill Ending Chevron Deference To Agencies

Law360, Washington (July 12, 2016, 8:33 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would end the courts' long-standing deference to administrative agencies Tuesday over Democratic objections that the bill would undermine critical environmental and safety regulatory protections.

The 240-171 largely party-line vote passing the Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016 would require courts to review agency rules separately from agency interpretations of what the underlying law means, explicitly overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's longstanding Chevron deference, which requires courts to listen to agencies' takes on ambiguous statutes. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and other backers of the bill said the rules would give citizens and...

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