The Congressional Review Act: First Branch Gets the Last Word

Teleforum hosted by The Federalist Society

Details for this Event (FedSoc.org)


The Congressional Review Act: First Branch Gets the Last Word

  • Teleforum hosted by The Federalist Society featuring GW's Susan Dudley and Pacific Legal Foundation's Todd Gaziano.
  • After living in relative obscurity since its passage in 1996, the Congressional Review Act caught the nation’s attention in 2017 when a Republican-led Congress and newly-elected President Trump used it to overturn 14 “midnight” regulations issued at the end of the Obama administration.  Some prominent Democratic lawmakers opposed the CRA’s framework as well as its individual uses in 2017.  Will roles be reversed in 2021 regarding Trump administration "midnight" regulations?  Can they be completely reversed?  The teleforum will review the mechanics and overriding purposes of the CRA.  The technical elements include the law’s expedited congressional procedures, the types of actions covered, time frames for disapprovals, number of votes needed to overturn an action, and the consequences of disapproval.

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