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One of America’s well-kept political secrets is that the Federal Government has limited staff and limited resources, and for decades has relied on the states to carry out many of its programs. But under the U.S. Constitution, the Federal Government also has limited tools for causing the states to participate in those programs. In recent years, the Rehnquist and Roberts courts rejected attempts by the national government to “commandeer” the states, leaving Washington D.C. with just a couple of weapons: Dollars, and the Commerce Clause. But Supreme Courts committed to state prerogatives have narrowed both of those tools as well, leaving the Trump Administration with limited legal avenues for causing state and local governments to collaborate on immigration enforcement, health care, environmental policy, among others.
This webinar will review the history — starting with the Revolution — of the national government’s attempts to recruit the states to assist in carrying out federal programs and priorities. It will then focus on recent federal attempts to entice and coerce the states into helping the national government, attempts repeatedly blocked by “conservative” majorities on the U.S. Supreme Court. The most recent example is John Roberts’ lead opinion in NFIB v. Sebelius, which undercut President Obama’s use of the Spending Power and the Commerce Clause to enforce state participation under the Affordable Care Act. NFIB and similar court decisions will now constrain the Trump Administration as well.
This program is part of a series of webinars that explore potential impacts of the new administration in Washington, D.C. Prior webinars in the series covered topics including Immigration Law, and LGBTQ Rights. Future programming will cover Presidential Power (4/27). Check www.wsbacle.org for the latest information or email email@example.com.
Hugh Spitzer - University of Washington School of Law, Seattle
11:30 a.m. Registration Opens
12:00 p.m. Webinar Begins
1:30 p.m. Adjourn
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