Padilla Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Gutting Federal Agency Regulatory Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court overturned its own holding in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, significantly undermining the regulatory authority of federal agencies:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling once again shamefully overturns decades of precedent, stripping regulatory authority from federal subject matter experts with substantial experience and handing it over to judges with no previous training or expertise on complex regulatory matters. This decision is severely misguided and will move us further from governing decisions that are rooted in facts and science.

“With rules governing environmental protection, health care, public safety, and much more at stake, there is far too much on the line to hand these consequential determinations to judges who lack the technical expertise to make these critical decisions.”