By Bryan Rahija
Mickey Edwards, Vice President and Director of the Aspen Institute; former Member of Congress (R-OK) and Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee:
When it comes to oversight functions—of either oversight committees, or oversight subcommittees, or any other special task force; anything that is created to do oversight over the executive branch—take off your party hat. Put it in a drawer, and deal with this as somebody who has taken an oath of office—or works for somebody who has taken an oath of office—to carry out the mandates of the Constitution to function as the people's voice.
Morton Rosenberg, Fellow, The Constitution Project; former Specialist in American Law at the Congressional Research Service (CRS):
The failure of a Member to foster and engage an inquiry to determine whether our laws are being faithfully carried out, or whether new laws or actions are needed, is a violation of a Member's oath of office, and abdication of his legislative role as a responsible Member.
Stanley Brand of the Brand Law Group; former General Counsel to the House of Representatives under Speaker Tip O’Neill, Jr.:
As Raoul Berger, the late, great Harvard law professor used to say, if you look at Article I—and what he called the vast armamentarium of powers enumerated in Article I—and you put the president's powers enumerated in Article II next, the president looks like the valet of the Congress.
Edwards, Rosenberg, and Brand spoke today at a congressional oversight seminar hosted by POGO and The Constitution Project.
We'll be posting audio of each panelist's opening remarks shortly. POGO periodically hosts congressional oversight training seminars as part of our Congressional Oversight Training Series (COTS).
Bryan Rahija edits POGO's blog.
Photo of Edwards, Rosenberg, and Brand (second, third, and fourth from the left) and POGO's Danielle Brian (far left) by Joe Newman.