US Supreme Court Conservatives Actively Working to Limit Authority of Regulatory Agencies

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court is actively focused on curbing federal regulatory authority, reinforcing its role in weakening the “administrative state.” Recent rulings have limited the power of the federal government to regulate areas such as stock trading and pollution. However, the court has chosen not to further restrict abortion rights or expand gun rights under the Second Amendment ahead of the November 5 presidential election.

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority has shown a willingness to discard longstanding precedents, as seen in its reversal of the Chevron decision. In recent years, the court has overturned Roe v. Wade, dismantling the constitutional right to abortion, and ended affirmative action in higher education. These decisions will make it more challenging for President Joe Biden or any future president to act on various policy areas, including student debt, protections for pregnant workers, climate pollution, and regulation of artificial intelligence.

Conservatives, including some of the Republican-appointed justices, have campaigned for over a decade to rein in the “administrative state.” This recent decision follows a ruling two years ago that limited regulations with “major” political or economic implications in a climate case. While Republicans have praised the ruling, Democrats and their allies have criticized it, citing recent ethics controversies involving some justices.

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