The Legislature is the Policymaking Branch of Government

On the federal level, that’s Congress.

From, from former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) and Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, “The EPA’s Shocking Power Grab“:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is carrying out one of the biggest power grabs in American history. The agency has positioned itself to regulate fuel economy, set climate policy for the nation and amend the Clean Air Act–powers never delegated to it by Congress. It has done this by declaring greenhouse gas emissions a danger to public health and welfare, in a proceeding known as the “endangerment finding.”

On Tuesday the U.S. Senate will debate and vote on Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s resolution of disapproval to overturn the endangerment finding. The resolution is absolutely necessary to restore democratic accountability in climate policymaking.

During my days in North Dakota, I was always impressed by the state Senators who resisted the encroachment on their constitutional authority by the executive branch. The lawmakers didn’t have to mention Montesquieu or the Founding Fathers to evoke the separation of powers in making such clear statements of principle as, “The Legislature is the policymaking branch of government.”

You would hope members of Congress would just as jealously guard their own constitutional role in our republic.

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