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

The Patriot Act Is Not Fit for Purpose. Nor Is Its Replacement.

By Patrick G. Eddington. Newsweek. June 1, 2015.

Don’t (Just) Let the Sun Go Down on Patriot Powers

By Julian Sanchez. Vice’s Motherboard. May 29, 2015.

A So-So Republican Budget

By Michael D. Tanner. National Review (Online). May 27, 2015.

Cato Studies

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.

Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the 112th Congress

By K. William Watson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 53. June 4, 2013.

Articles

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.

An American Debate

Edward H. Crane and Roger Pilon. The Politics and Law of Term Limits. 1994.

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

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.

Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the 112th Congress

Featuring K. William Watson. June 18, 2013. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Can a Treaty Increase the Power of Congress?

Featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz and Roger Pilon. June 14, 2013. Policy Forum.