Editor’s Note: CRE brought violations of the Congressional Review Act to the attention of the House and Senate back in January 2010. See our letter here.

From: The Washington Post

By Juliet Eilperin

Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules — on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas, and so on.

There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect because they weren’t reported to Congress as required. Yet there is little that lawmakers or the courts can do about it.

The situation illustrates the obscure, Byzantine process used to create federal regulations — and how easily it can go awry.

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