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Announcing the Article I Initiative Writing Contest

Nathan Kaczmarek August 10, 2017
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The Federalist Society's Article I Initiative is focused on the critical issue of why the modern Congress is not functioning as the most powerful branch as envisioned by the Framers. In order to help engage new thought and discussion about the proper role of the Congress, the Initiative has just launched an exciting new writing contest aimed at younger* thinkers with the theme, "Restoring the Constitutional Congress."

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Against Conscience Taxes by Ilya Shapiro

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Using Tax Reform to Check the Administrative State

J. Kennerly Davis July 19, 2017
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Throughout the 2016 campaign and the first months of his administration, President Trump has repeatedly pledged to dramatically reduce the regulatory burdens imposed on American businesses by federal agencies.

One of the more significant actions taken by the President to fulfill this commitment came early in his administration in the form of Executive Order (“EO”) 13771, titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”  The EO imposes two restraints on executive departments and agencies (“agencies”) while formally exempting independent regulatory bodies like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from its terms.  Both restraints have long been sought by regulatory reformers. [Read More]

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Capitol dome under construction

To have a better, more honest Congress, change its incentives

Timothy Courtney February 16, 2017
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David Schoenbrod writes for The Hill:

Congress has become one of America’s most unpopular and disparaged institutions — but a practical reform could quickly change all of this to simultaneously benefit the American people and Congressional approval numbers.

Congress’s fall from grace came ironically from the success it helped to produce.  

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Separation of Powers, Essential to Liberty, Is Under Attack by John C. Eastman

House Holds Hearing on the Power of the Purse

Timothy Courtney December 06, 2016
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The R Street Institute has details on a recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing:

The House Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Government Operations and
Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules convened a hearing on the power of the purse on December 1, 2016. It is an important topic.

The power of the purse is a fundamental legislative authority. It is an authority that aims to limit executive power, encourage agency accountability to elected officials, and curb corruption.

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