This year, Congress Week is focusing on the powers of Congress, highlighting the constitutional role of the Legislative Branch and its relationship to the other two branches of our federal government. In an essay exploring this theme, Byrd Center Director Ray Smock explains:
"the actual powers of Congress are considerable and well established ... [including] the power to collect taxes, to borrow money on the credit of the United States, to regulate commerce with foreign nations and within the United States, to coin money, to declare war, to raise and support armies and a navy, and 'to make all Laws necessary and proper' to carry out its powers."
On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, we invite you to a screening of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary "Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice." The film traces the evolution of Congressman Hechler’s political philosophy to the progressive movement of the early twentieth century and documents his commitment to public service and political office. With added insight from U.S. Senators Tom Harkin, George McGovern, and Robert Dole, as well as Congressmen John Brademas and James Symington, the film highlights Hechler’s lifelong devotion to helping the citizens of the West Virginia and nation.
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Byrd Center will conduct a civic education panel discussion on "Understanding the Electoral College" with Dr. Ray Smock (Director of the Byrd Center) and Thomas Neale (Specialist in American National Government). The panel will discuss the Electoral College’s origins, how the Electoral College functions within U.S. presidential elections, and key events in the Electoral College’s history. Cecelia Mason, (former Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief for West Virginia Public Broadcasting) an instructor in Shepherd University’s Communications Department, will moderate the session.
Both of these programs are free and open to the public. For more information and to reserve your seat(s) for these events, please visit our Congress Week page >>