Cato Handbook for Congress: Policy Recommendations for the 106th Congress

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3.
Congress, the Courts, and the
Constitution
Congress should
encourage constitutional debate in the nation by engaging in constitutional debate in Congress, as was urged by the House Constitutional Caucus during the 104th Congress;
enact nothing without first consulting the Constitution for proper authority and then debating that question on the floors of the House and the Senate;
move toward restoring constitutional government by carefully returning power wrongly taken over the years from the states and the people; and
reject the nomination of judicial candidates who do not appreciate that the Constitution is a document of delegated, enumerated, and thus limited powers.

Introduction

As the 21st century dawns, it is clear, not only in America but around the world, that the faith in government that characterized so much of the 20th century is waning, that the era of big government is indeed coming to an end. Not everyone in Congress—to say nothing of the past administration—has a keen appreciation of that, of course. In fact, many of those people still believe that they were sent to Washington to solve all manner of social and economic problems. Yet, at a fundamental level, below the level that polling usually reaches, Americans in increasing numbers are rejecting that idea: they have come to see not only that government rarely solves such problems but that it often is the source of the problems. More deeply, they have come to understand that a life dependent on government

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