Blending Powers: Hamilton, FDR, and the Backlash That Shaped Modern Congress

  title={Blending Powers: Hamilton, FDR, and the Backlash That Shaped Modern Congress},
  author={Bill Farley},
  journal={Journal of Policy History},
  pages={60 - 92}
  • Bill Farley
  • Published 1 January 2021
  • History
  • Journal of Policy History
Abstract President Franklin Delano Roosevelt shaped the role of the modern president in part with his relentless pursuit of grand policies and his ability to marshal historic legislation through Congress. In this article, I focus on one legislative tactic employed by FDR that has received little attention—the detailing of Executive Branch staff to select Senate committees. This tactic, effectively a blending of legislative powers, was used to implement FDR’s ambitious postwar domestic agenda as… 


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