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AFPF Files Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Indian River County

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AFPF Files Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Indian River County

06.19.20 11:55 AM

On Wednesday, Americans for Prosperity Foundation (“AFPF”) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Indian River County’s cert petition in Indian River County v. Department of Transportation, asking the Court to reconsider “Skidmore deference”, an analytical practice in which a federal court defers to an agency’s informal interpretation of the law instead of making its own independent judgment of what the statute authorizes. *In plain English: when a court grants “deference” to an agency’s views of the law, the agency wins, as happened here. AFPF urged the Court to grant the petition to make clear that the federal judiciary cannot simply take a federal agency’s word for what the law is.* Instead, federal courts must meaningfully check the agency’s work by consulting the underlying source of their claimed powers—a statute enacted by Congress.* Under our system of checks and balances, federal administrators have no authority to do anything, unless Congress affirmatively grants them power to act.* Yet all too often federal courts seem to assume the opposite and reflexively “defer” to agencies’ views of the law set forth “informally” in letters, internal memoranda, and various website postings, placing a thumb on the scale in favor […]

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