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Overcoming NecessityEmergency, Constraint, and the Meanings of American Constitutionalism$
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Thomas P. Crocker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181616

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181616.001.0001

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Presidential Power and Constitutional Responsibility

Presidential Power and Constitutional Responsibility

(p.194) 6 Presidential Power and Constitutional Responsibility
Overcoming Necessity

Thomas P. Crocker

Yale University Press

This chapter talks about necessity that enables presidential discretion, such as the aftermath of September 11 where the president argued he must have all the powers needed to fulfill his obligation on national security. It responds to arguments regarding the president having all the power that necessity confers. It scrutinizes the view that there is an implied “necessary and proper” power that applies to the president that are analogous to the Article I Necessary and Proper Clause enumerated for Congress. The chapter also considers the scope of implied presidential power, arguing that even if there is power to do what is necessary, it is still constrained by conceptions of what is proper. It points out why propriety becomes a way of incorporating Chief Justice Marshall's argument in McCulloch that constitutional principles constrain necessitarian discretion.

Keywords:   necessity, United States Congress, presidential power, presidential discretion, necessitarian discretion

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