Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, affords The Congress of the United States the mandate to “… provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States” and the power to “… make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution, the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or Officer Thereof.”
As you read these words, it is evident that the intention of the Framers was that the bulk of all governmental power should ultimately lie in the legislative branch. After all, Congress represents the marriage of the concepts of the representative republic with democratic principles. However, in recent times, scholars and practitioners have debated whether the legislature has become too powerful, relative to the other two branches.
Find two scholarly articles published in the past 3 years on the topic of congressional power or partisanship. Also, review the Learning Resources and consider the changes in the power of the legislative branch and its implications.
1. Provide a description of the powers of the legislative branch that have either grown or diminished in the 21st century and explain how. Use current literature to support your response. Then,
2. Describe at least two strategies that major political parties use to motivate party members to vote along party lines. Explain how this might work.
3. Finally, describe at least two strategies major political parties use to enhance voting loyalty, particularly regarding key congressional votes. Explain how these strategies might work.