Should U.S. Presidents Have Fast-Track Authority to Get Things Done?
Do U.S. presidents need a fast-track or should their power by sharply curtailed? Stanford Political Scientist Terry Moe, says to save our democracy, we have to make the U.S. government faster, more efficient, and more effective — and we can do that by expanding the power of the executive branch to use “fast-track” authority to approve all types of legislation. Moe, who’s the author of Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy, wants Congress to have the power to approve or deny these laws through an “up or down” vote but not to add amendments or filibuster their passage.
The Cato Institute’s Gene Healy says that non-libertarians of all political persuasions suffer from a “dangerous devotion” to the “boundless nature of presidential responsibility.” Healy, who’s the author of The Cult of the Presidency, says that instead of giving the executive branch more legislative authority,
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