skip to main content

S. 909 (116th): Separation of Powers Restoration Act

Call or Write Congress

About the bill

Have federal agencies been given too much power and leniency by federal courts to write policy?

Context

In a 1984 case dealing with air quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Supreme Court ruled that any federal agency rule or regulation should be upheld as constitutional if it was deemed “reasonable” and if Congress hadn’t legislated on the precise issue at question.

The practice which emerged in the subsequent decades has been nicknamed “the _Chevron _deference,” in which courts usually defer to an inherent presumption of constitutionality regarding federal regulations. This made it far harder, though not impossible, for courts to strike down rules or regulations set by federal agencies as unconstitutional.

Thousands of federal regulations have been issued by agencies ever since, most prominently from the ...

Sponsor and status

Benjamin “Ben” Sasse

Sponsor. Senator for Nebraska. Republican.

Read Text »
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Introduced
Mar 27, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 27, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Source

History

Mar 27, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 909 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 909. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

How to cite this information.

We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:

“S. 909 — 116th Congress: Separation of Powers Restoration Act.” www.GovTrack.us. 2019. January 26, 2021 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s909>

Where is this information from?

GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from Congress.gov, the official portal of the United States Congress. Congress.gov is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.