Congress and Constitutional Reform Panel Discussion

In Federalist 51, James Madison argued that as “the legislative authority necessarily predominates,” Congress needs to be divided into two branches to constrain its immense power. Two centuries later, it seems Madison’s fears were unfounded, with both the House and Senate increasingly delegating authority to the president, judiciary, or mushrooming administrative bodies. This dilution of Article I has not only destabilized our constitutional system but also catalyzed political polarization through the increasingly fraught battles consequently being waged over judicial appointments and presidential elections. Listen to Policy Lab Co-Director Zachary Courser lead a discussion with congressional scholars on ways congress may restore its legislative authority.