June 28, 2024

Whitehouse Blasts Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Chevron Deference

Providence, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decisions today in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless v. Department of Commerce, which overturned decades of settled precedent to curtail federal administrative agency authority at the behest of corporate special interests:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is the latest power grab by a court that seems hell-bent on doing the bidding of polluters and deep-pocketed special interests.  This ruling is part of a larger attack on the government’s ability to protect Americans’ health and safety.  It’s no coincidence these opinions follow West Virginia v. EPA, which featured the polluter-invented Major Questions doctrine, and yesterday’s decision in SEC v. Jarkesy, gutting agencies’ abilities to penalize fraudsters.”

Whitehouse filed an amicus brief in Loper exposing the case as the latest offshoot of a coordinated, anonymously funded, industry-driven campaign to dismantle administrative agencies and concentrate power in the hands of the right-wing justices. 

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