House Democrat Hits Lauren Boebert With Supreme Fact-Check After ‘Ill-Formed’ Claim

Rep. Dan Goldman (D-N.Y.) didn’t let Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-Colo.) “unconstitutional” talk go without a fact check following her tense questioning of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday.

The conspiracy theorist Republican pointed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which overturned the “Chevron doctrine” that instructed courts to defer to federal agencies to interpret ambiguous laws or statutes.

But the ruling didn’t quite seem to register with Boebert, who pressed Regan about “rogue bureaucrats” who she claimed enacted “unconstitutional regulations.”

“Are you going to repeal them? Are you going to continue to implement them? Or are you going to stop altogether since it’s been overturned?” Boebert asked.

“Do you understand the ruling?” Regan asked.

“Do you understand the ruling of the Supreme Court?” Boebert continued.

“I do, I do, so your question is ill-formed,” Regan replied.

Boebert continued to press Regan even as he informed her that the high court hadn’t told him to repeal “anything” before he laughed off the conspiracy theorist’s questioning.

Goldman, just minutes later, hit back at Boebert by noting that the Loper Bright ruling found courts shouldn’t defer to agency rule-making if a statute is ambiguous.

“And instead, courts get to determine whether or not what the statute means. Is that your understanding, as well?” Goldman asked Regan.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Regan replied.

“OK, so that would not require any regulations to be reversed or overturned, correct?” Goldman asked.

“Correct,” Regan said.