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In "Congress's Constitution: Legislative Authority and the Separation of Powers," Cornell law professor Josh Chafetz examines the range of Congress's powers, particularly those beyond the power to enact substantive laws, such as legislative control of appropriations and influence over executive branch personnel. It's an important book, and one that seems particularly timely—or at least one that would be if Congress had much interest in flexing its muscle.
This week the Take Care Blog is hosting a symposium on "Congress's Constitution" featuring comments by various legal and other academics. Thus far, the symposium features initial remarks by Chafetz, and entries by UCLA's Jon Michaels and Marquette's Julia Azari, and there's much more to come.
These and all future contributions will be posted here. Those interested in the separation of powers should check it out.