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Regulatory: Reorganizing the Executive Branch

President Obama has announced that he will ask Congress for authority to merge and reorganize Executive Branch agencies in order to make America more competitive. In doing so, he reopened one of the traditional fault lines between the Executive and Legislative Branches.

Reorganization authority is a special procedure under which the President issues a package of changes to consolidate agencies and to reallocate existing statutory powers among agencies, subject only to Congressional disapproval of his actions through a single up-or-down vote. Congress historically has resisted giving the President the ability to override its prior decisions about how authorities should be allocated within the Executive Branch.

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John Cooney

John F. Cooney is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Venable.

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