Congressional Review Act – Fact Sheet

What is the Congressional Review Act?
The Congressional Review Act (CRA) (5 U.S.C. §§801-808) was enacted in 1996 and established a mechanism through which Congress can overturn a rule promulgated by a federal agency. Congress is given 60 ‘working days’ once the regulation is submitted to Congress to consider the rule and vote on a ‘resolution of disapproval’. To be successful, a majority vote is required in both houses, and the resolution must be signed by the President. The CRA does not permit components of rules to be repealed; a resolution of disapproval must apply to an entire rule. The CRA is not subject to filibuster rules.

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