Megan Haberle

Megan Haberle is director of housing policy at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC).

Recent Articles

Stacking the Deck: The Regulatory Accountability Act’s Threat to Civil Rights

A bill that would drastically change the way federal agencies design regulations is on its way to a Senate vote.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, with Senators Rob Portman, Roy Blunt, John Barrasso, John Thune, and John Cornyn, in March 2014 T he Trump administration has made clear its intention to “ deconstruct the regulatory state .” While they have lost no time in beginning to pick off specific regulations, the broader goal is to implement structural changes to bedrock administrative law and policies. What’s Trump’s endgame? Conservatives hope to get, if not a full “deconstruction,” at least a deep re-engineering of regulatory practices to align with corporate interests. In Congress, the proposed “Regulatory Accountability Act” (RAA) would do exactly that, and it has gathered an alarming level of support. (The House of Representatives passed a version of the bill in January, and a Senate version progressed through the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in May, and awaits a vote by the full Senate.) This bill has sparked...