Dean Weich in Washington Post: Congressional Oversight is a Powerful Tool, But There Are Limits
January 7, 2019
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Writing in the Washington Post, University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich examines the reach of Congressional oversight, which has become an important topic as Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Weich unpacks a number of myths about the job of Congress in setting limits on the power of the executive branch.
"Cynics may predict a partisan circus. But congressional oversight is a serious business with a huge impact on government policies," Weich writes. He then examines some erroneous beliefs about what Congressional oversight can and can't do, such as its use to "score political points" (not advisable, he says), or that the work of an oversight committee can be dismantled by executive privilege (possible, Weich explains, but frowned upon by the courts).
Read Weich's opinion piece in the Washington Post.