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Administrative Law

Legislative Controls

Legislative Controls

Explore the legislative controls Congress may utilize to influence agency action without running afoul of the doctrine of separation of powers.


Under the separation of powers, government agencies in the executive branch enforce existing legislation. However, Congress often has an interest in determining how such legislation is enforced. Today, we’ll be discussing the legislative controls that Congress may exercise when influencing agency action.

Article II of the Constitution provides that “the executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.” U.S. Const. art. 2, § 1, cl. 1. Administrative agencies,...