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An early citizenship controversy in the U.S. Senate

February 28, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On February 28, 1794, future Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin was denied his elected U.S. Senate seat after a group of Federalists claimed he didn’t meet a constitutional citizenship requirement for office.

Constitutional fight over Trump border wall begins

February 19, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

A group of 16 states asked a federal court in California on Monday night to block the federal government from building a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico unless Congress explicitly approves money to pay for it.

How will the federal courts function if the shutdown continues?

January 25, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

This week, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said it could sustain its current operations until January 31 if the current partial federal government shutdown continues. But what happens to the federal judiciary if that deadline passes?

Can the House delay the State of the Union address?

January 16, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump to delay his scheduled State of the Union speech to Congress on January 29 due to security concerns related to the partial government shutdown.

The debate over emergency powers and the border wall

January 8, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump’s statement that he is considering using emergency presidential powers to build a border wall has reignited an old scholarly debate.

A guide to a potential partial federal government shutdown

December 18, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

As another potential government shutdown looms later this week, people are making plans about how to deal with furloughs, park closures, and other issues at year’s end.

When Congress last used its powers to declare war

December 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.

Shutdown, border wall highlight lame-duck session

November 12, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Tuesday, Congress starts its final or “lame duck” session to end the year, with several major issues to resolve before 2019 begins.

How Americans fought to restore Veterans Day to November 11

November 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Millions of Americans will take time out to honor our military on the traditional time of 11:11 a.m. on November 11. But there was a time when Congress tried to move the holiday, only to face several years of strong public resistance.

What constitutional powers do the Democrats get by winning the House?

November 7, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Democratic Party will have a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time since early 2011. How will that affect the constitutional balance in Congress going forward?

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