Supreme Court Hears Cases Challenging Federal Agencies’ Authority

The Chevron deference standard is under consideration.

The Supreme Court heard arguments this past week on cases questioning the legitimacy of the Chevron deference, which allows government agencies to define vague federal regulations. If the court’s decisions strike down the Chevron deference, it will shift the balance of power between American courts and the federal government.

The cases involve challenges to the federal policy of the National Marine Fisheries Service requiring those operating fishing vessels to compensate federal observers who oversee their operations on behalf of the government.

The arguments surrounding the Chevron deference highlight the court’s need to clarify or decide the extent of federal agencies’ authority to regulate private industry.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the justices of the Supreme Court to be prudent as they hear arguments regarding the extent of the powers of federal agencies.
  • For U.S. officials to operate their agencies within current laws and according to the freedoms spelled out in the Constitution.

Sources: The Hill, U.S. Supreme Court

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