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Congressional Review

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Resolutions of Disapproval Under the Congressional Review Act

What happens when agency regulations expire, either by their own terms or by law? Who takes the action to remove the regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)?

If an agency includes an expiration or sunset date with its regulations, those specific provisions are automatically removed from the CFR as of that date.  However, under Administrative Committee of the Federal Register regulations in 1 CFR chapter I, it’s the responsibility of the agency who issued the regulations to publish rules to remove expired regulations from the CFR. For example, when Congress disapproves regulations under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the issuing agency publishes a document to carry out Congressional intent.

Below is a table listing agency regulations that have been disapproved by Congress under the CRA. The table is also available as a .pdf or .csv download.

Congressional Review Act table