Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted in favor of the Separation of Powers Restoration Act of 2016 (H.R. 4768) to stop excessive regulation and restore the separation of powers between the three branches of the federal government.
"I cosponsored the Separation of Powers Restoration Act and supported its passage on the House floor, because I want to restore our federal government to one that works for the people -- not the other way around," said Tipton. "For too long, federal agencies have basically been able to write their own laws through rulemaking. The separation of powers between our three branches of government has broken down, and it has led to harmful overregulation across industries."
The 1984 Supreme Court Decision in Chevron U.S.A. v. NRDC created a legal precedent known as the "Chevron doctrine." The doctrine created a practice of deferring to an agency's interpretation of ambiguous statutes in law when courts heard cases on the legality of a regulation. H.R. 4768 would end this practice by prohibiting a court from using the "Chevron doctrine" and instead would require the court to apply a de novo review, deciding the matter without preference to an agency's prior decisions, which will better respect the intent of Congress as the basis for its ruling.
"Business owners in my district consistently tell me that overregulation is one of the top challenges they face in creating jobs and growing their businesses." Tipton added, "It's well past time that we rein in the excessive regulation that is keeping our economy stagnant. Passing the Separation of Powers Restoration Act is a strong step in the right direction."
H.R. 4768 passed the full U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 240-171. It must now be considered by the Senate.