Clean Out the Statutory Junk

SUMMER 2018 / Regulation

5 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020

Date Written: 2018


“Statutory junk” is my term for the mishmash of statutory commands to administrative agencies that have accumulated over the decades and now are having unintended consequences. Enforceable in a court of law, even a few words of statutory junk can thwart a statutory purpose or impose unnecessary burdens on the public. Unfortunately, Congress typically fails to protect us from the statutory junk. I propose a series of solutions to make Legislators discard legislative trash.

Keywords: statutory junk, statutory, Chevron, REINS, responsibility

JEL Classification: K20, K30, K40

Suggested Citation

Schoenbrod, David, Clean Out the Statutory Junk (2018). SUMMER 2018 / Regulation, Available at SSRN:

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