Gorsuch Could Rein in Regulators Like the EPA and the FCC

Gorsuch Could Rein in Regulators Like the EPA and the FCC
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There's a lot we don't know for certain about Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick to be the next Supreme Court justice: for example, his exact views on abortion, gay rights, and affirmative action. But there's one issue, virtually unnoticed by the public but huge in the legal community, where Gorsuch's views are clear — and potentially critical for the future of government regulation and executive power.

At issue is a doctrine known as Chevron deference, named for the 1984 Supreme Court case Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, which says that the courts will defer to regulatory agencies when they interpret ambiguous laws passed by Congress.

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