Background information

Congress passes legislation. The text of the legislation authorizes an agency, or agencies, to develop detailed rules to conform with the broad terms of the legislation. Executive Agencies issue regulations (rules). Both legislation and regulations have the force of law.

Sample citations for Regulations:    

  • 42 Fed.Reg. 36455    Federal Register (FR)
    Agencies propose, open for comment, and publish "Final Rules" in the Federal Register.
  • 21 CFR § 102.23    Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
    Regulations (Final Rules) are compiled and codified under "Titles" in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Reference Sources

Congressional Review

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