Why Congress can’t sue to end military conflicts

October 29, 2019
Despite significant military engagement, Congress did not directly authorize hostilities in either Libya or Syria. And both instances were criticized by scholars and members of Congress as an… Read More

Congress must protect its constitutional power over war

October 15, 2019
Louis Fisher’s new policy study notes: “Nothing in Article II places any exclusive power in the president over external affairs. He is the Commander in Chief of the… Read More

How small is Congress relative to government?

September 9, 2019
Source: Casey Burgat, LegBranch.org The upcoming issue of Extensions, a journal published by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma, will present a symposium… Read More

Executive privilege: Presidential power, secrecy, and accountability

August 19, 2019
 Over at Lawfare, Margaret Taylor interviews Mark Rozell,… Read More

Bring back the OTA? Not without a few changes

July 18, 2019
This spring, the House included $6 million to revive the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in its draft appropriations. The nonpartisan agency, defunded in 1995, was responsible for helping… Read More

William Barr and Congress’ broken contempt power

June 24, 2019
Source: ABC News. Last month, the House Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that the House hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress. The 24-16 decision was made along partisan… Read More

Video: Congress and the judiciary: What the House and Senate can do to fix the courts

June 18, 2019
 Court reform is moving to the forefront of political discourse. On the 2020 presidential campaign trail, candidates are… Read More

Congress’ science and technology knowledge problem

June 11, 2019
 By Kevin R. Kosar “Suppose you were an idiot,” Mark Twain once quipped, “and suppose you were a member… Read More

The National Emergencies Act of 1976

February 28, 2019
Do you ever get the feeling that your friends and coworkers are talking about an obscure federal statute that you have never heard of before? Have you recently been unable… Read More

No, getting rid of Congress is not a clever idea

February 20, 2019
Congressional majorities and President Donald Trump disagreed about how much money ought to be used to extend barriers running along our nation’s southern border. Their disagreement led to a partial… Read More