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CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW ACT

The CRA requires agencies to submit every rule to Congress for its review, and it defines “rule” broadly to sweep in most guidance documents. Congress can then schedule simple-majority votes to disapprove rules it dislikes using fast-track procedures.

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The CRA’s potential to eliminate unreasonably costly or illegal rules is not limited to “midnight” rules. Powerful new ideas to use the CRA for older rules not reported to Congress are causing great excitement. This is a regulatory game changer!

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Independent reports confirm the vast number of regulations that agencies did not report to Congress. Some of the worst rules are already in our database. Help us find and report more rules that were never submitted to Congress.

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"the new idea for Congress to fully utilize the CRA, advocated by Pacific Legal Foundation’s Todd Gaziano is, a “regulatory game changer.”

Kimberley Strassel, Wall Street Journal

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  1. Rapanos guidance

    After the Supreme Court of the United States rejected EPA and the Army Corps’ excessive...
  2. Sage grouse management plans

    To avoid the destructive impacts of the proposed listing of the greater sage...
  3. Obamacare state waiver guidance

    Obamacare permits states to seek a waiver of the Act’s requirements if the state can...
  4. Alaska Supplement to Wetlands Manual

    In 1993, Congress passed legislation requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to use a...
  5. Union access rule

    In February of 2013, a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Obama Administration’s...
  6. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Guidebook

    In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development adopted a regulation,...
  7. Gun sale guidance

    In 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a guidance...
  8. Independent contractor rule

    In July 2015, the Department of Labor issued an Administrator’s Interpretation that de...
  9. Order withdrawing federal lands in Arizona from productive use

    In the 1980s, Congress passed the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984, which designated...
  10. Enforcement guidance on retaliation

    In August of 2016, the EEOC issued a guidance document that greatly expanded the risk of...
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