Congress and Regulation in 2017
When the 115th Congress takes the oath of office next January, they will be confronted with a host of national and international policy concerns. Health care, trade, and tax policy could and should all take center stage. However, regulatory policy is often the tail that wags the dog in the nation’s capital and where a majority of the “lawmaking” takes place. Generally, Congress has three tools available for its authority over federal rulemaking: oversight hearings, appropriations riders, and the Congressional Review Act.