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

Seven Ways Trump and Congress Can Improve Infrastructure without Spending a Dime of Taxpayer Money

By Ryan Bourne. DC Examiner. May 17, 2017.

The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies

By Ted Galen Carpenter. National Interest (Online). May 7, 2017.

GOP Healthcare Bill Is Not Repeal — It Is ObamaCare-lite, or Worse

By Michael F. Cannon. The Hill (Online). May 4, 2017.

Cato Studies

State-Sponsored Visas: New Bill Lets States Invite Foreign Workers, Entrepreneurs, and Investors

By David Bier. Immigration Research and Policy Brief No. 2. May 11, 2017.

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.

Articles

Defending Liberty in Congress

Cato's Letter. Rep. Justin Amash. Vol. 14. No. 4. .

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.

Public Filings

Gordon v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By David A. Schwarz, Michael Harbour, Leah Johannesson, Ilya Shapiro, & Thaya Brook Knight. Legal Briefs. December 22, 2016.

NLRB v. SW General, Inc.

By Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus, and Thomas Berry. Legal Briefs. September 26, 2016.

Texas v. United States

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

Cato Reviews & Journals

A Guidebook for the 115th Congress

Policy Report. March/April 2017.

Restraining the Regulatory State

Robert W. Crandall. Regulation. Spring 2017.

Reclaiming the War Power

Cato Handbook for Policymakers. Cato Handbook for Policymakers, 8th Edition (2017).

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.