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Your Call: Let’s review the Congressional Review Act

Official White House Photo by Benjamin Tuck


We’ll talk about how congressional Republicans and the White House have used an obscure law to repeal regulations passed in the final months of the Obama administration.

The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to overturn federal regulations approved within the last 60 legislative days. The George W. Bush administration used it once to repeal OSHA’s ergonomics rule. Trump and Republicans have used it to repeal 14 regulations ranging from protecting streams from coal mining waste to ensuring women’s access to family planning services.


James Goodwin, senior policy analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform

Debbie Berkowitz, senior fellow at the National Employment Law Project

Web Resources:

Center for Progressive Reform: Congressional Review Act by the Numbers

Public Citizen: Rules at Risk

The National Employment Law Project

Politico: Trump’s Secret Weapon Against Obama’s Legacy

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.