CONGRESS INTRODUCES BILL TO LIMIT POWER OF UNELECTED CIVIL SERVANTS - July 13, 2016
Congress Takes Up Bill to Restrict Interpretive Powers of ‘Unelected Bureaucrats
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
Congressional Republicans are pushing to limit the discretion federal agencies hold in interpreting laws, with the goal of reining in the power of unelected civil servants.
The House on Monday began consideration of a measure to undo a more than three-decades-old court precedent that gives agencies leeway in carrying out the finer points of laws Congress left open ended. The 2016 Separation of Powers Restoration Act would statutorily roll back the Chevron and subsequent Auer doctrines -- named after the Supreme Court cases that set the precedents -- that have established the standard courts use in reviewing agency implementation of federal statute.