Craig, Barbara Hinkson
March 1983
Public Administration Quarterly;Spring83, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p22
Academic Journal
This article discusses the importance of congressional veto in the U.S. government in 1983. The congressional veto is an amendment added by Congress to authorizing or enabling legislation that in effect attaches strings to the authority being delegated to the executive branch. Proponents of the legislative veto argue that, where regulations are involved, it provides a mechanism whereby Congress can respond more quickly than through the more protracted legislative process and that it focuses the attention of Congress, or at least some individual member of Congress or congressional staff, on any potential problems in the regulations before they attain the force of law. The congressional veto, however, not only provides for subsystem review of regulations but also allows Congress to deal with regulations individually, without regard to the overall regulatory effort. Although the congressional veto is aimed at controlling the bureaucracy, it is not necessarily opposed by the agency-level bureaucrat. To be effective, Congress often must move slowly enough to allow for haggling and disagreement to bring out all the needs and wants, weaknesses and strengths of multiple points of view.


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