The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches - Event Audio/Video

Article I Initiative
Mickey Edwards, Andrew C. McCarthy, Nathan Kaczmarek July 13, 2017

What kind of war power does the Constitution grant the President and Congress? What limitations apply to each branch concerning the power to declare war and the use of military force? Over time, how has the Framers’ understanding been followed and in what ways has it been ignored? Do the founding principles regarding these topics still have application to our modern era? Former Congressman Mickey Edwards and National Review Institute Senior Fellow Andrew C. McCarthy joined us for an insightful discussion of these and other topics.

This event was held on July 7, 2017, at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.


  • Hon. Mickey Edwards, Former Congressman, Vice President and Program Director, Rodel Fellowships In Public Leadership, Aspen Institute
  • Andrew C. McCarthy, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute
  • Moderator: Nate Kaczmarek, Deputy Director, Article I Initiative, The Federalist Society

Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC

Introduction to the Article I Initiative

Short Video
April 25, 2017

A properly functioning legislature is imperative to maintaining a democratic republic, and it almost goes without saying that the modern Congress is dysfunctional. The public regard for the institution has never been lower, factionalism has created a toxic public atmosphere, and Congress seems unable or unwilling to act and address the major challenges facing the nation.

The Article I Initiative was started to do the work necessary to restore Congress to its rightful place in the Constitutional order, and to create a body of scholarship that will help legislators become effective leaders and lawmakers in the 21st Century.  

This Initiative is self-consciously non-partisan; both left and right should work together to ensure that the Constitutional balance leans heavily towards the institution which holds the people’s representatives.

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Panel Discussion of DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington by Prof. David Schoenbrod - Event Audio/Video

Article I Initiative
Martin Frost, David Schoenbrod, Adam J. White April 24, 2017

A1 Schoenbrod Book 2017 -13.jpgIn Professor David Schoenbrod’s new book DC CONFIDENTIAL: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington, he asserts that in the 1960s, elected officials in Congress and the White House figured out a system for enacting laws and spending programs—one that lets them take the credit for promising good news while avoiding the blame for producing bad results. He argues that with five key tricks, politicians of both parties now avoid accounting to the people for what the government does. The result is a vicious cycle of grand promises and budget gimmicks by elected officials, failed policies, blame-shifting by politicians, and spiraling distrust of a government too dysfunctional and unaccountable to solve major problems. The book contends that the ground rules of government must change so that elected officials will once again shoulder responsibility for results. Schoenbrod also offers a practical action plan for reform including a legislative solution—the "Honest Deal Act"—which would change incentives and fundamentally reform government procedures.

This program was held at the Rayburn House Office Building on April 19, 2017.


  • Honorable Martin Frost, Former Congressman, Vice-President, U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
  • Professor David Schoenbrod, Trustee Professor of Law, New York Law School
  • Professor Adam White, Research Fellow, The Hoover Institution and Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

House Judiciary Committee Agenda - Event Audio/Video

Article I Initiative
Bob Goodlatte, C. Boyden Gray February 04, 2017

Congressman Goodlatte discusses the House Judiciary Committee's agenda for the 115th Congress. He delivered these remarks on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.


  • Hon. Bob Goodlatte, United States House of Representatives
  • Introduction: Hon. C. Boyden Gray, Founding Partner, Boyden Gray & Associates

National Press Club
Washington, DC

Congressional Regulatory Reform Proposals - Event Audio/Video

Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
Heidi Heitkamp, Dean A. Reuter, Susan E. Dudley, Michael Fitzpatrick, Jeffrey A. Rosen, Adam J. White May 20, 2016

Modern statutes and executive orders are intended to ensure that new regulations do more good than harm—that is, to produce more benefits than costs. Despite these nominal protections, some say the accumulation of regulations threaten the nation’s economic growth and well-being. As a result, the 114th Congress is considering various regulatory reform proposals designed to help ensure that new regulations make Americans better off and that existing regulations are evaluated and modified as necessary. Some of the proposals would enhance economic analysis of regulations, while others seek structural reform including stronger legislative control and judicial review of the administrative rulemaking. While none of these bills has been enacted, several of them have bipartisan support and some have passed one house.  Which proposals are best, and why?  Are there proposals yet to be made that would be better yet?

This panel was presented during the Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference on May 17, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.

Welcome & Address:

  • Hon. Heidi Heitkamp, United States Senate, North Dakota
  • Introduction: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

Panel Featuring:

  • Hon. Susan E. Dudley, Director of the Regulatory Studies Center, The George Washington University
  • Mr. Michael Fitzpatrick, Senior Counsel and Head of Regulatory Advocacy, General Electric Company
  • Hon. Jeffrey A. Rosen, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Adam White, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution

The Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC