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Part II Political Science, Ch.8 The Constitutional Politics of Congress

Neal Devins

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 August 2020

From the first Congresses (where constitutional issues were routinely explored) to today’s (where lawmakers often ignore constitutional questions), Congress has figured prominently in defining the Constitution’s meaning. In particular, the constitutional politics of Congress is integral to constitutional dialogues among all three branches of government as well as the states and the general public—dialogues critical to establishing enduring constitutional principles. This, of course, occurs when lawmakers are actively engaged in constitutional interpretation—as...
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