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Chairman Williams and Chairman Comer Pen Letter to SBA Regarding the Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Chevron Doctrine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Chairman of the House Committee on Small Business, and Congressman James Comer (KY-01), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, wrote to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Isabella Guzman, regarding the Supreme Court ruling in Loper Enterprises v. Raimondo overturning its decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council to underscore the implications of the decision and to ensure the SBA respects the limitations set on its authority. Chairman Williams issued the following statement.

“In under four years, the Biden Administration has managed to burden Main Street with over $1.6 trillion in regulations using questionable methods and vague interpretations of the law,” said Chairman Williams. “Fortunately, the Supreme Court’s decision will finally put a much-needed check on the Biden Administration’s authority. In that vein, Chairman Comer and I are writing to SBA Administrator Guzman to ensure the SBA abides by the limitations on its authority. Our nation’s small businesses are counting on us to put an end to this extreme regulatory overreach.”


Read the full letter here.

Read excerpts from the letter below:

“The House Committee on Small Business and House Committee on Oversight and Accountability (the Committees) write to call to your attention Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, a recent Supreme Court decision that precludes courts from deferring to agency interpretations of the statutes they administer. In its decision, the Court overruled Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984), which had allowed courts to defer to agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes.

“Perhaps no administration has gone as far as President Biden’s to found sweeping and intrusive agency dictates on such questionable assertions of agency authority. The Biden Administration has promulgated far more major rules, imposing far more costs and paperwork burdens, than either of its recent predecessor administrations. Many of these rules—such as those promulgated to impose President Biden’s climate, energy and Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agendas—have been based on aggressive interpretations of statutes enacted by Congress years and even decades ago, before many issues against which the Biden administration has sought to deploy them were even imagined.

“The expansive administrative state Chevron deference encouraged has undermined our system of government, overburdening our citizenry and threatening to overwhelm the founders’ system of checks and balances. Thankfully, the Court in Loper Bright has now corrected its Chevron error, reaffirming that “‘[i]t is emphatically the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the law is.’” 603 U.S. at ___ (slip op. at 7-8) (quoting Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803)). This long-needed reversal should stem the vast tide of federal agencies’ overreach.”