The Congressional Review Act

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) enables Congress to disapprove a final rule issued by a federal agency. A rule disapproved using this mechanism is not only nullified; the agency is also prevented from reissuing a “substantially similar” rule in the future unless Congress authorizes it to do so via subsequent legislation. Congress generally has 60 days to review rules, but there is a provision that also allows an incoming Congress to review the last 60 days of rules issued during the previous Congress. The CRA may be particularly relevant given the outcomes of the recent 2016 elections.

CRA Resources:

Congressional Review Act Fact Sheet, by Daniel R. Pérez

Graphic depicting the Congressional Review Act Looikback Provision

CRA Tracker - Download (PDF) (Excel)

CRA Tracker Image

ForbesWe Haven't Seen The Last Of The CRA Yetby Susan E. Dudley

More Historic “Firsts” for Regulatory Disapprovals under the Congressional Review Act, by Daniel R. Pérez

Forbes, CRAzy After All These Years: Extending The Reach Of The Congressional Review Act, by Susan E. Dudley

Commentary, President Trump Signs First Regulatory Disapproval in 16 Years, by Daniel R. Pérez


Commentary, Regulatory Reset: How easy is it to undo regulation?, by Susan E. Dudley

Commentary, President Obama’s Midnight Regulatory Agenda, by Sofie E. Miller

Liberty Law BlogMidnight Mulligan – The Congressional Review Act Rides Again!, by Brian Mannix

Forbes, Election Could Wake The Sleeping CRA Giant, by Susan E. Dudley