H.R. 4768 Johnson Amendment Judicial Deference to Executive Agencies (Roll Call 411)
The underlying bill, the Separation of Powers Restoration Act, removes the legal deference shown by the courts to actions taken by federal agencies. The Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA-04) amendment exempts from the bill actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency pertaining to regulation of lead and copper in drinking water. ACU supports restoring the balance of power between the Executive and Legislative branches and opposed this amendment. The House defeated the amendment on July 12, 2016 by a vote of 194-223.