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Arlington, Va. – In an historic victory for the democratic process and the separation of powers, the Supreme Court today decided [6-3] that the federal government overstepped its authority in bypassing Congress to implement the so-called “Clean Power Plan” through the Environmental Protection Agency.
Americans for Prosperity Vice President of Legal and Judicial Strategy Casey Mattox issued the following statement in response:
“This decision was about who decides important policy questions in our country. While the policies the EPA was attempting to enforce would have caused immense damage to the economy and hardship for millions of Americans, the question at the heart of this case focused on separation of powers and the important checks and balances of our democracy. The Supreme Court held that the executive branch cannot simply go around Congress to impose sweeping regulations that would have far reaching consequences. If Washington wants to make these laws, Congress ought to vote on them and be held accountable. This is good for people and good for democracy.”
Americans for Prosperity Foundation issued an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in December of last of year. Click here to read the brief.