Earmarking Away the Public Interest: How Congressional Republicans Use Antiregulatory Appropriations Riders to Benefit Powerful Polluting Industries
22 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2016
Date Written: July 1, 2015
This report examines a legislative weapon that conservative opponents of public safeguards have used with increasing regularity in recent years: anti-regulatory appropriations riders. Opponents of regulation insert these provisions into must-pass appropriations bills to block agencies from using funding to develop or enforce particular regulatory actions.
This report examines the numerous policy problems associated with the use of antiregulatory appropriation riders, as well as the various institutional reasons for why these riders will continue to be abused for the foreseeable future.
It concludes by offering detailed recommendations for curbing the abusive misuse of antiregulatory riders.
Keywords: Congress, Regulations, Appropriations, Riders
JEL Classification: K23, K32, H1
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