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Leader Rodgers Warns Biden Administration Officials Against Executive Overreach


09.28.22

Abusing Executive Power Undermines Trust in Representative Government

Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) sent letters to eight federal agencies under the Committee’s jurisdiction warning the Biden administration not to overstep its constitutionally mandated authorities. Leader Rodgers cited the recent Supreme Court case of West Virginia et al. v. the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which affirmed that the Executive Branch cannot usurp Congress’s Article I power to write the nation’s laws.

KEY EXCERPT: “I write to bring to your attention West Virginia v. EPA, a recent Supreme Court decision that clarified the limitations of certain agency action. Although Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution vests ‘all legislative powers’ in Congress, the Biden administration has largely relied on executive action to advance its radical agenda. For example, in his first year, President Biden issued more executive orders and approved more major rules than any recent president. Such reliance on the administrative state undermines our system of government. Our founders provided Congress with legislative authority to ensure lawmaking is done by elected officials, not unaccountable bureaucrats. Given this administration’s track record, we are compelled to underscore the implications of West Virginia v. EPA and to remind you of the limitations on your authority.”

Regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, Leader Rodgers said:

“When Congress acts to address major policy questions affecting Americans and their livelihoods, it says so clearly, explicitly. It does not hide sweeping authorities of the Executive Branch in obscure provisions of the law, as the Obama executive branch tried to argue. This decision restores power to the people through their elected representatives. This will help restore trust and confidence in representative government.”

CLICK HERE the letter sent to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Acting Administrator Ann Carlson.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Lina Khan.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Alexander Hoehn-Saric.

CLICK HERE to read the letter sent to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel.

CLICK HERE to read Leader Rodgers and Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Republican Leader David B. McKinley’s (R-WV) reactions to the West Virginia v. EPA Supreme Court ruling.

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