The Constitutional Congress: The First Branch And First Principles

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Hoover Institution, Washington DC
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The Hoover Institution hosted "The Constitutional Congress: The First Branch and First Principles" on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 8:30am - 10:30am EST.

A Conversation with Senator Chuck Grassley

Since his election to the House of Representatives in 1974, and then to the Senate in 1980, Senator Chuck Grassley has been a leading voice for Congress maintaining its constitutional role as our national government's "first branch."

Last year, for example, he urged that the shift of power from Congress to agencies "has weakened our system of checks and balances and created a recipe for regulatory overreach. The Constitution's separation of powers makes clear that it is the responsibility of Congress, as the People's representative, to make the law."

On April 25, Senator Grassley visited the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C., for a conversation with research fellow Adam White. Senator Grassley offered some thoughts on the Senate's proper powers and responsibilities, especially in light of Senator Grassley's decades of public service in legislation, nominations, and oversight.

Following the conversation with Senator Grassley, three scholars joined the stage with Adam White for further discussion of the modern Congress: Kevin Kosar (R Street Institute), Yuval Levin (National Affairs), and Molly Reynolds (Brookings Institution).

 
This event is part of the Hoover Institution's monthly discussion series: Opening Arguments-Conversations on American Constitutionalism.
 
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Chuck Grassley is a United States Senator, representing the State of Iowa.
 
Adam White is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.
 
Yuval Levin is vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and editor of National Affairs magazine
 
Kevin Kosar is vice president of policy for the R Street Institute
 
Molly Reynolds is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.
 

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