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Yankee Institute Applauds Supreme Court’s Loper Bright Decision


June 28, 2024   

Contact: Bryce Chinault   


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Yankee Institute Applauds Supreme Court’s Loper Bright Decision 

Today, in Loper Bright v. Raimondo, the U.S. Supreme Court took a significant step to limit the overreach of unaccountable federal bureaucrats, ruling that federal courts need not defer to administrative agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous statutes. The case overrules the 1984 U.S. Supreme Court case Chevron U.S. A., Inc. v. National Resources Defense Council, Inc. Yankee Institute was an amicus in this case supporting Loper Bright Enterprises. 

Yankee Institute President Carol Platt Liebau, a graduate of Harvard Law School and the first female managing editor of The Harvard Law Review, applauded the Court’s decision, saying, “Today, the Supreme Court affirmed the American principle of accountability in government. It is vital that legislatures write laws that are explicit and clear; it is the job of judges to interpret those laws. What’s always a problem is when unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats are writing, enforcing and interpreting regulations that have the effective force of law.” 

Loper Bright case centered on a 2020 regulation promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) that required Loper Bright Enterprises (a group of commercial fishermen) to pay a federal employee about $700 per vessel, per day, or else face penalties including a ban on conducting business. The lawsuit asserted that the NMFS lacked authority to pass the rule because the governing statute did not provide for it. 

Liebau noted, “‘Discovering’ a new government power within a decades-old law to impose a tax on hard-working Americans is the essence of tyranny. Overturning Chevron means that Congress will have to stop over-delegating its responsibilities to federal agencies — and federal bureaucrats will have to think twice before they try to seize powers they aren’t supposed to have. 

As a result of this holding, people across Connecticut — and the United States — will wake up tomorrow with just a little more freedom to follow their dreams, and build a more prosperous future for their families,” Liebau concluded.  

About Yankee Institute  

Yankee Institute is a research and citizen organization founded in 1984 under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. YI is committed to empowering Connecticut’s people to forge a brighter future for themselves and their families.  

Bryce Chinault

Bryce joined Yankee Institute after nearly a decade of working in federal and state level policy analysis at the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In those roles, Bryce worked directly with members of Congress, executive agencies, governors, state legislators, and local officials to engage on a diverse range of policy topics and enact positive reforms for everyday people across the country. A native of Cambridge, WI, Bryce moved to Connecticut to be closer to his wife’s family in her hometown of Newtown. Bryce earned a Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is also the loving father of two amazing kids.

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