Issue Brief posted September 25, 2014
Congress Should Stop Implementation of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty
On September 25, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In the past year, the ATT has gone from bad to worse as the aims of its supporters and its failure in practice have become obvious. Yet the Obama Administration, without even transmitting the treaty to the Senate, has sought to implement it. Congress should hold hearings to…
Legal Memorandum posted July 24, 2014
Boehner v. Obama: Can the House of Representatives Force the President to Comply with the Law?
Article I of the Constitution vests “All legislative powers herein granted” in Congress, while Article II, section 3 requires that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” But what happens when the President fails to execute the law?
Time and again, President Barack Obama has pushed the limits of this duty, acting unilaterally to change or…
Lecture posted May 22, 2014
Congress and the New Administrative State
The administrative state begins with Congress. As the Supreme Court has observed, “an agency literally has no power to act…unless and until Congress confers power upon it.” So let me offer a few words about what previous Congresses have done to create the new administrative state and what Congress can do, today and tomorrow, to restore some limits.
Center for Policy Innovation Discussion Paper posted April 11, 2014
An Analysis of Selected Budget Process Reforms
Since adoption of the congressional budget process in 1974, the procedure has rarely unfolded precisely on schedule or as planned. Conflicts large and small have been common, deadlines have been breached, and rules have been stretched to meet the demands of the moment. Customarily, Congress has found a way back to something resembling the “regular order” intended by the…
Issue Brief posted January 31, 2014
Top Homeland Security Priorities for Congress in 2014
The world today is more dangerous than it was on September 10, 2001. Threats to the homeland have increased as the President’s leadership has caused the U.S. to lose respect and influence on every front. After at least 61 thwarted terrorist attacks in the U.S., those who are committed to destroying America’s way of life cannot be ignored. Protection of the homeland…
Backgrounder posted August 15, 2013
House Water Resources Development Act: Ditch Senate Bill Blunders, Reform the Army Corps
For the first time since 2007, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) will soon propose a new Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Traditionally, WRDA bills authorize the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to spend billions of taxpayer dollars to study and construct water infrastructure projects as part of its Civil Works…