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Report Highlights Frequency of Congress Overriding State Laws

Press release: “Rep. Waxman releases a report evaluating how many times Congress has voted over the last five years to preempt state laws and regulations. Republican leaders in Congress and President Bush have repeatedly promised to respect the role of states as laboratories of democracy. But the report documents that there is a wide gulf between the rhetoric of Republican leaders in Washington and the actual legislative record.”

  • Congressional Preemption of State Laws and Regulations (57 pages, PDF)
  • Publicly accessible database of preemptive legislation passed by the House and Senate since January 2001.
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