Too many members of Congress seem still to believe that the good life is brought about primarily by government programs, not by individuals acting in their private capacities. And they believe equally that the Constitution authorizes them to enact such programs, even as many Americans know better. But government rarely solves the problems it purports to solve; in fact, it usually makes those problems worse.

More on Congress

Commentary

Will Kaine Push for War Powers Reform?

By Gene Healy. CNN.com. July 27, 2016.

Obamacare and Executive Overreach

By Josh Blackman. inFocus Quarterly. June 29, 2016.

Gun Control Proposals in the Wake of Orlando Could Endanger Constitutional Rights

By David B. Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M. Grossman. Washington Post. June 21, 2016.

Cato Studies

Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: What Lies Ahead?

By Daniel J. Ikenson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 61. June 8, 2015.

Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress

By Cato Institute. White Paper. February 4, 2015.

‘Paint Is Cheaper Than Rails’: Why Congress Should Abolish New Starts

By Randal O’Toole. Policy Analysis No. 727. June 19, 2013.

Articles

Health Care Reform

Michael F. Cannon. Policy Priorities for the 114th Congress. 2015.

Fear and Loathing at One First Street

Ilya Shapiro. Texas Review of Law & Politics. Vol. 18. No. 2. Spring 2014.

Congressional Abdication and the Cult of the Presidency

Gene Healy. White House Studies. Vol. 10. No. 2. 2010.

Public Filings

Texas v. United States

By Josh Blackman, Ilya Shapiro, Peter Margulies, & Leif A. Olson. Legal Briefs. May 8, 2015.

Congress, Here’s How to Prepare for King v. Burwell

By Michael F. Cannon. Testimony. April 29, 2015.

King v. Burwell

By Michael F. Cannon and Jonathan H. Adler. Legal Briefs. December 30, 2014.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Introduction

David Boaz. Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 7th Edition (2009).

The Courage to Change the World

Gov. Mark Sanford. Cato's Letter. Winter 2009.

Congress, the Courts, and the Constitution

Roger Pilon. Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 7th Edition (2009).

Events

“A Loaded Weapon”: The Growth of Executive Power

Featuring Gene Healy. May 18, 2016. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The Fight with ISIS: One Year (and Counting) of Unauthorized War

Featuring Gene Healy. August 6, 2015. Policy Forum.

Suspending the Law: The Obama Administration’s Approach to Extending Executive Power and Evading Judicial Review

Featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Andrew M. Grossman, and Ilya Shapiro. May 21, 2014. Policy Forum.