Article One Project

The Article I Project

The Article I Project is a new network of House and Senate legislators working together on a new agenda of government reform and congressional rehabilitation.

The premise of the Article I Project is simple: the federal government is broken, and congressional weakness is to blame.

The authors of the Constitution made Congress the most powerful of the federal government’s three co-equal branches. Congress was designed both as the most powerful and the most accountable to the people.

But over the course of the twentieth century, and accelerating in the twenty-first, Congress has handed many of its constitutional responsibilities to the Executive Branch.

Increasingly harmful federal laws are written by people who never stand for election, via processes contrary to those provided for in the Constitution, and, indeed, with the explicit purpose of excluding the American people from the decision making process and shielding policymakers from popular accountability.

But there’s good news: what a weak Congress has broken a strong Congress can fix.

The constitutional powers necessary to put a representative, accountable federal government back to work for the American people are still right there in Article I, ready to be reasserted.

That is why we launched the Article I Project.

The purpose of the Project is to develop, advance, and ultimately enact an agenda of structural reforms to strengthen Congress by reclaiming its constitutional legislative powers that today are being improperly exercised by the Executive Branch.

Click on the links below to learn more about the specifics of the conservative reform agenda.

1. Reclaiming Congress’s power of the purse

2. Reforming legislative “cliffs”

3. Reasserting congressional authority over regulations and regulators

4. And finally, curbing executive discretion