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Docket Number18-1023
Full NameMaine Community Health Options v. U.S.
Short NameMaine Community Health Options v. U.S.
PetitionerMaine Community Health Options
Date Argued (Reargued)Dec. 10, 2019
Date DecidedApril 27, 2020

Question Presented

Whether—given the “cardinal rule” disfavoring implied repeals, which applies with “especial force” to appropriations acts and requires that repeal not to be found unless the later enactment is “irreconcilable” with the former—an appropriations rider whose text bars the agency’s use of certain funds to pay a statutory obligation, but does not repeal or amend the statutory obligation, and is thus not inconsistent with it, can nonetheless be held to impliedly repeal the obligation by elevating the perceived “intent” of the rider (drawn from unilluminating legislative history) above its text, and the text of the underlying statute

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