In the News: Congress should be empowered in order to uphold the constitutional checks and balances

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Although it may not receive high marks these days as a public body, Congress should actually be empowered so it can uphold the constitutional checks and balances that help to curb overreach by the other two branches of government, says Jamelle Sharpe, a University of Illinois expert in administrative law and associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Law.

"I think that courts and legal scholars systematically undervalue the role that Congress should be playing, often because Congress doesn't put its best institutional face forward. It may be a time of historic congressional disapproval by the public, but that's why it's important to step back and look at things – not necessarily at how things are working now, but at how they are supposed to work, and how they work best."

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