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Case Profile

Docket Number18-1023
Term2019
Full NameMaine Community Health Options v. U.S.
Short NameMaine Community Health Options v. U.S.
PetitionerMaine Community Health Options
RespondentU.S.
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

Case Prediction Summary

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Total Prediction Count360
Votes for Justice Affirm68
Votes to Justice Reverse292
% Justice (A)ffirm/(R)everse
82 (R)
Votes for Outcome Affirm5
Votes for Outcome Reverse35
% Outcome (A)ffirm/(R)everse
88 (R)
Predicted Outcome
Reverse

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