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Necessary & Proper is the official podcast of the Federalist Society's Article I Initiative. The Framers of the Constitution intended the legislature to be the most powerful branch of government. In its present state, as the government operates on a day to day basis, it is not. Were the Founders simply wrong about the inherent powers of the legislative branch? Has the institution of Congress developed practices that are not compatible with the text of the Constitution? Why are current Congressional leaders unable or unwilling to act as an effective check on the presidency? Why is Congress unable to pass a budget? Why has Congress ceded much of its authority to the executive branch and to administrative agencies? What does it mean to serve productively as a member of the House or Senate? These and other important questions are the focus of the Article I Initiative. Periodic releases from Necessary & Proper will feature experts who can shed light on what the Framers envisioned for the legislative branch and how it can be restored to its proper place in the constitutional order.

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Necessary & Proper is the official podcast of the Federalist Society's Article I Initiative. The Framers of the Constitution intended the legislature to be the most powerful branch of government. In its present state, as the government operates on a day to day basis, it is not. Were the Founders simply wrong about the inherent powers of the legislative branch? Has the institution of Congress developed practices that are not compatible with the text of the Constitution? Why are current Congressional leaders unable or unwilling to act as an effective check on the presidency? Why is Congress unable to pass a budget? Why has Congress ceded much of its authority to the executive branch and to administrative agencies? What does it mean to serve productively as a member of the House or Senate? These and other important questions are the focus of the Article I Initiative. Periodic releases from Necessary & Proper will feature experts who can shed light on what the Framers envisioned for the legislative branch and how it can be restored to its proper place in the constitutional order.

    Necessary & Proper Episode 56: Highlights from Senator Tom Coburn (2015)

    Necessary & Proper Episode 56: Highlights from Senator Tom Coburn (2015)

    Recently we were saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Tom Coburn. In this episode we bring you some highlights from a panel he participated in at the Federalist Society’s 2015 National Lawyers Convention. The panel was titled, Agency Rule: How Congress Can Reclaim its Legislative Authority. Senator Coburn spoke about a range of topics including Congressional leadership, limited government, federal debt, and the importance of debate. We hope you enjoy Senator Coburn’s reflections.

    Senator Tom Coburn, Former United States Senator, Oklahoma.

    • 22 min
    Necessary & Proper Episode 55: 2020 National Student Symposium Panel II: The Proper Role of the Senate

    Necessary & Proper Episode 55: 2020 National Student Symposium Panel II: The Proper Role of the Senate

    On March 14, 2020, the Federalist Society held its 39th National Student Symposium. The Symposium was originally scheduled to be held at the University of Michigan's Law School but was rescheduled as a digital conference. The second panel explored "The Proper Role of the Senate".
    Much has changed concerning the Senate since the adoption of the Constitution. It is now directly elected. The nature of its power has changed with the passage of the 16th Amendment. And its unique role in confirmations and treaties and the nature of its role protecting smaller states all have undergone much discussion. The Senate has always played a key role in balancing purely democratic power. It has also protected the states and possibly served to defuse otherwise hostile geographical battles. Does or should this role change in our modern democracy? If so, how?

    Prof. Lynn A. Baker, Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law and Co-Director of the Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    Prof. Sanford V. Levinson, W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    Ms. Amanda Neely, General Counsel, Office of Senator Rob Portman
    Prof. John Yoo, Emanuel Heller Professor of Law and director of the Korea Law Center, University of California at Berkeley School of Law
    Moderator: Hon. Raymond M. Kethledge, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Necessary & Proper Episode 54: Presidential Impeachment: Historical Context and Current Controversies

    Necessary & Proper Episode 54: Presidential Impeachment: Historical Context and Current Controversies

    Description: On January 16 Penn State Law's Federalist Society Chapter co-hosted an impeachment dicussion featuring Professors Heidi Kitrosser and Keith E. Whittington. Kitrosser is a Robins Kaplan Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and Whittington is a William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University. We hope you enjoy it!

    Featuring:
    - Keith Whittingon, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University
    - Heidi Kitrosser, Robins Kaplan Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Necessary & Proper Episode 53: Congressional Oversight with Jason Foster

    Necessary & Proper Episode 53: Congressional Oversight with Jason Foster

    Jason Foster of Good Government Now shares his experiences as counsel to four congressional committees in the U.S. House and Senate, where he directed fact-finding inquiries to inform their oversight and legislative functions.

    • 46 min
    Necessary & Proper Episode 52: Can Congress Enforce their Subpoenas?

    Necessary & Proper Episode 52: Can Congress Enforce their Subpoenas?

    Can Congress enforce subpoenas they issue? Dr. William Murphy, Founder and President of Good Government Now, joins the Article I Initiative podcast to discuss their proposed rule changes that would enhance Congressional oversight and investigative powers.

    • 51 min
    Necessary & Proper Episode 51: National Security and Executive Power

    Necessary & Proper Episode 51: National Security and Executive Power

    A discussion of National Security and Executive Power, recorded on October 10 at the Georgetown Law Center.

    • 1 hr 16 min

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