Congress and the Court
- 1983 ----- color ----- 29 min ----- vhs
(Congress: We the People series, Part 22)
The power to make laws which, under the Constitution, is Congress' job and the power to interpret them, the Court's responsibility, are not as separate as our forefathers anticipated. The powers often converge and conflict so each branch has tried to expand its power to keep the other in check. Explores the fragile system of checks and balances between Congress and the Court. Examples of action include the confirmation hearing of Sandra Day O'Connor, the abortion decision and the striking down of the legislative veto.
- Topics: (Law, Political Science: American)