Secrecy News

Censuring the President, and More from CRS

House Democrats have introduced two resolutions in the current Congress to censure the President. Neither resolution is expected to advance.

But a new memo from the Congressional Research Service considers whether such resolutions are permissible in practice, and concludes: “It would appear that Congress may censure the President through a simple (one chamber) or concurrent (two chamber) resolution, or other non-binding measure, so long as the censure does not carry with it any legal consequence.” See The Constitutionality of Censuring the PresidentCRS Legal Sidebar, March 12, 2018.

Other new and updated publications from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

Threats to National Security Foiled? A Wrap Up of New Tariffs on Steel and AluminumCRS Legal Sidebar, March 12, 2018

Cybersecurity: Selected Issues for the 115th Congress, March 9, 2018

Defense Primer: U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)CRS In Focus, March 6, 2018

Does Executive Privilege Apply to the Communications of a President-elect?CRS Legal Sidebar, March 8, 2018

The United Kingdom: Background, Brexit, and Relations with the United States, updated March 12, 2018

Northern Ireland: Current Issues and Ongoing Challenges in the Peace Process, updated March 12, 2018

TPP Countries Sign New CPTPP Agreement without U.S. ParticipationCRS Insight, March 9, 2018