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Panelists discussed what President Richard Nixon did during his presidency to shift power from the federal government to state and local governments. Video clips were shown of the August 8, 1969, speech in which President Nixon called for a policy of New Federalism, and of the October 20, 1972, ceremony as President Nixon signed into law the General Revenue Sharing Bill. The panel was made up of Nixon administration officials who were involved in implementing the policies. They showed slides during their presentations, including a March 1973 audio tape of President Nixon. Professor Warshaw moderated.
The year is 1819 and Chief Justice John Marshall authors one of the seminal cases about federalism. In an opinion that combines textualist and structuralist arguments, Justice Marshall reasons that the U.S. Constitution provides for implied legislative powers in the Necessary and Proper Clause of Article 1, Section 8 to further execute enumerated powers. With one famous line, Justice Marshall sets forth a historic precedent for flexible interpretation by stating that "We must never forget, it is a constitution we are expounding." Perhaps just as importantly, Justice Marshall also explains why in a system of government based on federalism, states can not freely impede federal actions.
Web site sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures and dedicated to state-federal issues.
Web site of the National Governors Association, which includes a section devoted to state-federal relations.
Web site of Publius, a scholarly journal dedicated to the study of federalism.
Web site of the U.S. Supreme Court; includes text of the Court’s opinions.
This Web site, sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures, is dedicated to state-federal issues.
This Web site, sponsored by the Constitution Society, discusses the pros and cons of prominent constitutional debates.
This Web site, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, provides information on historical political documents and useful teaching materials on constitutional history.
This Web site, sponsored by the Library of Congress, provides access to such historical political documents as The Federalist Papers.