The Constitution’s Take Care Clause, and More from CRS

09.10.14 | 1 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

The so-called Take Care Clause in the U.S. Constitution (requiring that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed….”) “would appear to stand for two, at times diametrically opposed propositions–one imposing a ‘duty’ upon the President and the other viewing the Clause as a source of Presidential ‘power’,” according to a new study from the Congressional Research Service. See The Take Care Clause and Executive Discretion in the Enforcement of Law, September 4, 2014.

Other recent CRS products obtained by Secrecy News include the following.

The Doctrine of Constitutional Avoidance: A Legal Overview, September 2, 2014

Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response, updated September 8, 2014

Libya: Transition and U.S. Policy, updated September 8, 2014

Asylum and Gang Violence: Legal Overview, September 5, 2014

Defense Surplus Equipment Disposal, Including the Law Enforcement 1033 Program, updated September 5, 2014

Aviation War Risk Insurance: Background and Options for Congress, September 5, 2014

Medal of Honor: History and Issues, updated September 5, 2014

Protection of Trade Secrets: Overview of Current Law and Legislation, September 5, 2014

China’s Leaders Quash Hong Kong’s Hopes for Democratic Election Reforms, CRS Insights, September 5, 2014