Opinion: Will the Democratic House pursue Kavanaugh’s impeachment?

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November 20, 2018
After last week’s midterm elections, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared that Democrats in the next Congress will prioritize issues including ethics reform, infrastructure and healthcare. Some committee leaders, however, may… Read More

How to restrain the President: Congress and trade policy

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November 14, 2018
Since his inauguration, President Trump has levied aggressive, unilateral tariffs on numerous products, which has triggered foreign retaliation against American exports. However, the controlling of international trade is originally Congress’s… Read More

Case studies highlight success of member-driven congressional oversight

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November 8, 2018
Re-establishing Congress’ strength as an independent, functioning branch of government is a goal easier said than done. Officials and experts alike struggle to propose rubber-hits-the-road solutions — ones that, on… Read More

Who polices the administrative state?

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October 30, 2018
Oversight is political. Deciding what (and how vigorously) Congress should investigate are inseparable from preferences about leadership and policy. Those are not universally shared. This seems as clear now as… Read More

Oversight for political purposes

October 24, 2018
Congressional oversight capabilities have become weaponized for political purposes by both parties. Supervisory power is most productive when used as a bipartisan tool to keep all elements of our government… Read More

Challenges in congressional oversight of U.S. interests overseas

October 10, 2018
With control of Congress at stake in the midterm election—including a real chance that Democrats could take back the House—legislative oversight and investigations are returning to the forefront… Read More

On congressional law enforcement

October 8, 2018
The early years of the Trump presidency have helped to shine a renewed national spotlight on the constitutional separation of powers. In particular, the investigations into Russian active measures… Read More

Congressional power and the war on Chevron

September 27, 2018
By Jamelle C. Sharpe Calls to reign in federal administrative power have increased to almost deafening levels in recent years.  Contributing to the din are Members of… Read More

Congressional oversight (of the Executive) is dead; Long live congressional oversight (of the Judiciary)

September 19, 2018
By Lauren C. Bell On August 8, 2018, sixteen organizations sent a joint letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and ranking member Dianne… Read More

Congress: Difficult by design

September 18, 2018
Daniel Patrick Moynihan once remarked that “the United States is the one nation in the world with a real legislature.” The senator from New York was boasting of our system, but… Read More