By Neal Devins,Keith Whittington

For greater than a decade, the U.S. splendid court docket has grew to become a skeptical eye towards Congress. Distrustful of Congress’s potential to recognize constitutional barriers, the court docket has lately overturned federal laws at a traditionally unparalleled expense. This intensified judicial scrutiny highlights the necessity for elevated awareness to how Congress ways constitutional concerns. during this vital assortment, top students in legislation and political technological know-how study the position of Congress in constitutional interpretation, demonstrating the way to higher combine the legislative department into understandings of constitutional practice.

Several participants supply wide-ranging bills of the workings of Congress. they appear at lawmakers’ attitudes towards Congress’s function as a constitutional interpreter, the workplaces inside of Congress that support lawmakers find out about constitutional concerns, Congress’s willingness to take advantage of its affirmation energy to form constitutional judgements via either the administrative and the courts, and the frequency with which congressional committees take constitutional questions under consideration. different members deal with congressional deliberation, paying specific awareness as to whether Congress’s constitutional interpretations are sound. nonetheless others learn how Congress and the courts should still reply to one another’s judgements, suggesting how the courts should still evaluation Congress’s paintings and contemplating how lawmakers reply to court docket judgements that strike down federal laws. whereas a few essayists tend to assessment Congress’s constitutional interpretation certainly, others argue that it may be more advantageous and recommend institutional and procedural reforms towards that finish. no matter what their conclusions, the entire essays underscore the pervasive and an important function that Congress performs in shaping the that means of the Constitution.

Contributors. David P. Currie, Neal Devins, William N. Eskridge Jr.. John Ferejohn, Louis Fisher, Elizabeth Garrett, Michael J. Gerhardt, Michael J. Klarman, Bruce G. Peabody, J. Mitchell Pickerill, Barbara Sinclair, Mark Tushnet, Adrian Vermeule, Keith E. Whittington, John C. Yoo

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