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ADF to US Supreme Court: Hold federal agency officials accountable

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The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Julie Marie Blake regarding a friend-of-the-court brief ADF attorneys filed Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo on behalf of Christian Employers Alliance. In the brief, ADF attorneys urge the court to hold federal agency officials accountable when they exceed their executive authority by imposing mandates and spending tax dollars that harm the unborn, devalue religious freedom, and contradict biological distinctions based on sex, all without congressional authorization:

“Unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats are weaponizing federal laws to violate Americans’ most fundamental rights. Federal agency officials frequently disrespect Americans’ most cherished principles—including religious freedom and the sanctity of life—by imposing personal political agendas that Congress has not authorized. We urge the Supreme Court to rein in unaccountable bureaucrats, overrule Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council, and affirm that courts should not defer to federal agencies when they overstep their executive authority and violate the freedoms the First Amendment protects for all Americans.

“As we explain in the brief we filed, the general absence of accountability for federal agency officials, combined with immense pressure on the executive branch to placate its political base, has made the federal administrative state increasingly susceptible to agendas that abuse the freedoms and fundamental values of the American people.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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Julie Marie Blake
Senior Counsel
Julie Marie Blake serves as senior counsel for regulatory litigation at Alliance Defending Freedom.