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Constitutional Soundbites: How Has the Senate Changed from What the Founders Envisioned?

March 15, 2018

The senate has taken a role the founders never envisioned. David Shestokas, author of Constitutional Soundbites, answers how and why these changes have occurred.

In the second episode of The Heartland Institute’s Constitutional Soundbites series, David Shestokas, Chris Talgo and Lindsey Stroud continue their discussion on “Article I: The Congress, Volume 2” from Shestokas’ book Constitutional Soundbites. The three discuss the role of the vice president in the legislature, the origin of revenue bills, how a bill becomes a law, how the enumerated powers have been circumvented, how the interstate commerce clause has been used to hasten congressional power, and how the Executive Branch has usurped military powers from Congress.

 The Constitutional Soundbites series is a project of The Heartland Institute to provide further insight into David J. Shestokas’ book Constitutional Soundbites, which explains the history, philosophy and meaning of our Founding documents. Purchase your copy at

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David Shestokas earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in June of 1987. In 1986-87 he served on The John Marshall Law Review. @@shestokas
Chris Talgo is editor for The Heartland Institute
Lindsey Stroud joined The Heartland Institute in 2016 as a Government Relations Coordinator. In 2017, Lindsey was named State Government Relations Manager.