Congressional Preemption of State Laws and Regulations

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The Special Investigations Division of the House Committee on Government Reform investigated the legislative actions of the Republican-controlled Congress and President Bush regarding federal preemption of state and local laws. The report states that over the past five years, the House and Senate, with the President's approval, have voted 57 times to preempt state laws, resulting in 27 laws that centralize policy-making in Washington. The report underscores a substantial shift toward federalization and the undermining of traditional state powers, contradicting the professed commitment to state autonomy by Republican leaders.
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