Six Ways to Curb the Executive Branch

Alexander Hamilton on the limited executive, Federalist 68. Credit: Library of Congress.

Alexander Hamilton on the limited executive, Federalist 68. Credit: Library of Congress.

By Kevin R. Kosar

The Founders intended Congress as the most powerful branch, making the laws that constrained the president, and passing laws that funded his plans—or didn’t. But over the past century, as the White House has accumulated power, Congress has been giving it away.

Today, with anxiety about Trump high among both Democrats and constitutional conservatives, there’s a fresh opportunity for Congress to resume its rightful place as the First Branch with some simple, yet powerful, actions. Here are six ways Congress can assert its authority and check President Trump from overreaching.

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