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Happy 40th to the Staggers Rail Act, Which Deregulated and Saved the U.S. Rail Industry

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which deregulated American freight rail and saved it from looming oblivion.

At the time of passage, the U.S. economy muddled along amid ongoing malaise, and our rail industry teetered due to decades of overly bureaucratic sclerosis.  Many other domestic U.S. industries had disappeared, and our railroads faced the same fate.  But by passing the Staggers Rail Act, Congress restored a deregulatory approach that in the 1980s allowed other U.S. industries to thrive.  No longer would government determine what services railroads could offer, their rates or their routes, instead restoring greater authority to the railroads themselves based upon cost-efficiency.

Today, U.S. rail flourishes even amid the coronavirus pandemic…[more]

October 13, 2020 • 11:09 PM

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By CFIF Staff
Thursday, September 24 2020

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Take CFIF’s 10-Question Supreme Court Quiz and test your knowledge of our Nation’s Highest Court.

(Answer key may be found at the bottom)


1. How many Justices comprise the U.S. Supreme Court?

a. Five
b. Six
c. Nine
d. Eleven

2. How many times has Congress changed the number of justices comprising the U.S. Supreme Court?

a. Three times
b. Five times
c. Six times
d. Never

3. Who was the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?

a. John Jay 
b. John Marshall
c. John Roberts
d. John Paul Stevens

4. Which President’s Supreme Court nominee was the first to fail Senate confirmation?

a. George W. Bush
b. George Washington
c. Franklin D. Roosevelt
d. Ronald Reagan

5. How many U.S. Presidents have also served on the Supreme Court?

a. None
b. One
c. Two
d. Three

6. Who was first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court?

a. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
b. Elena Kagan
c. Sandra Day O’Connor
d. Sonia Sotomayor

7. How many Supreme Court Justices have subsequently run for President of the United States?

a. None
b. One
c. Three 
d. Five

8. Which U.S. President had the most Supreme Court nominations fail to receive Senate confirmation?

a. Abraham Lincoln
b. Franklin D. Roosevelt
c. John Tyler
d. John F. Kennedy

9. Who is the longest-serving Supreme Court Justice to date?

a. John Marshall 
b. William O. Douglas
c. Thurgood Marshall
d. John Paul Stevens

10. Who is the current Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?

a. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
b. William Rehnquist
c. John Roberts
d. Clarence Thomas

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"It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is."
Marbury v. Madison, 1803


Answers: 1(c); 2(c); 3(a); 4(b); 5(b); 6(c); 7(b); 8(c); 9(b); 10 (c)

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