The recent past saw the erosion of the powers of Congress and the concurrent acquisition of those powers by the President of the United States. This shift of powers could lead to a far different form of government from that envisioned by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution.
It is the desire of the American Ethical Union to preserve our present form of government and our Constitution. We therefore urge all Senators and Representatives to retrieve and reassert those powers usurped by the President, which in the Constitution are reserved to the Congress. Following are some points indicative of this trend:
The American Ethical Union further urges that all members of the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet, including the Director and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget should be subject to confirmation by the Senate and should appear before congressional committees when so requested. This latter provision should also apply to the staff working directly for the President.
The President shall have no emergency powers except those granted by the Congress, and those shall be for a definite duration of time.
Submitted by the AEU Public Affairs Committee
Source: AEU 65th Annual Assembly Memo [job08scan]
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