Published June 13, 2017 / Updated August 30, 2020


Sen. Corey Booker introduced a bill, S. 1140, which would take away the ability of the Republican majority to scrap regulations without any oversight.

by Caitlin Martin

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Scrap What?

Sen. Corey Booker introduced a bill in May called S. 1140: SCRAP Act. This bill would repeal the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA gives Congress the ability to repeal a regulation that took effect within the last 60 days with simple majorities in both chambers. The CRA allows Republicans to fast-track regulations with little notice and no public debate. Among other regulations overturned using the CRA have been environmental and consumer protections. Once a rule has been repealed under the CRA, agencies cannot introduce any new rules that are “substantially similar” to the repealed rule. More from Govtrack here:

SCRAP Act (S. 1140)

Regulations Repealed Under the CRA

The CRA has been used to rollback a wide array of regulations that were issued during President Obama’s final months. Two of the regulations that have been repealed were a Department of Education regulation requiring federally funded teacher preparation programs be evaluated based on student outcomes. Another Department of Education regulation that was aimed at helping states identify failing schools and come up with improvement plans.

The CRA has also been used to repeal a rule that required federal land managers to consider climate change and other effects on development on public lands.

Yet another rule repealed was aimed at requiring government contractors to disclose violations of federal labor laws when they sought additional government work, including violations related to workplace safety, wages, and discrimination. Read more from The Daily Signal:

13 Ways Trump Has Rolled Back Regulations in 100 Days

Support and Opposition

S. 1140 — SCRAP Act is sponsored in the Senate by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). He is joined by his co-sponsor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM).

The House version of the bill — H.R. 2449 was sponsored by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) is the co-sponsor.

“Abuse of the CRA has allowed Congressional Republicans to fast track the repeal of a host of protections that benefit everyday Americans with little notice or public debate,” Booker said. “President Trump and Republicans are misusing this legislative mechanism to reward special interests and big corporations at the expense of consumers, working families, and the environment.” –Corey Booker

Republican members of the House and Senate support the use of the CRA to repeal regulations as a part of their focus on over-regulation.

“We’re directly attacking the over-regulation issue, thanks to the Congressional Review Act, and plan to take as many of these job-killing regulations off the books as possible,” McConnell said. Earlier this month, the Kentucky Republican pointed to “nearly 40” major rules put out by the Obama administration “on its way out the door” that he said Congress could work with Trump to undo.” —Sen. Mitch McConnell

Read more arguments in CQ Roll Call:

GOP Leaps on Congressional Review Act to Kill Obama Rules

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