This bill -- known as the SCRAP Act -- would repeal the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which gives Congress the ability to repeal a regulation that took effect within the last 60 legislative days with simple majorities in both chambers. Under this legislation, rules overturned using the CRA could be reinstated by simply re-posting the regulation in the federal register within one year of this bill’s enactment, or starting over with a new notice-and-comment thereafter.
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Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsIntroducedMay 16th, 2017
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What is Senate Bill S. 1140?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 1140
In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced this bill overturn the CRA, which he and some of his Democratic colleagues say Republicans have exploited to overturn important environmental and consumer protections. Booker said:
“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. 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.”
The CRA has been used by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans 14 times to repeal Obama era regulations this year, with only one CRA resolution being defeated in the Senate. Prior to the Trump administration, the CRA had only been successfully used on one occasion in the early months of the administration of former President George W. Bush.
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