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Representing the 8th District of Indiana

Dr. Bucshon Votes to Dismantle Fourth Branch, Restore Separation of Powers

July 12, 2016
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to curb the ability of unelected bureaucrats to write legislation without the consideration of Congress:

“Here in Indiana, we’ve seen firsthand the regulatory burden of an aggressive Executive Branch. The overregulation of our industries like coal and agriculture has put good-paying jobs at risk,” said Bucshon. “The courts have allowed unelected bureaucrats to effectively legislate through these regulations and rules without accountability from the American people. With this bill, we restore the separation of powers and reclaim the constitutional power of Congress and the American people to write the laws that govern this country.” 

The Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA) of 2016 restores the legislative power of Congress by overturning a 1984 Supreme Court decision which said courts should defer to federal agencies’ interpretations of certain ambiguities in laws written by Congress. This legal precedent, called “Chevron deference,” has enabled the Executive Branch to effectively end-run Congress by unilaterally creating legislation without input from the American people and their elected representatives. 


Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana's 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.

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