Senator Chuck Grassley, the current chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, came to speak at The Heritage Foundation on Monday, where he commented on the importance of maintaining checks and balances in a three-branch system of government.

Senator Grassley has been a leading figure on congressional oversight for decades and has dedicated his life to bringing an end to the abuse of power perpetrated by the U.S. government.

The Founders made sure, Grassley stressed, that “the same institution is never entrusted to write the law, interpret its meaning, and enforce the consequences if it’s violated.” Both he and Heritage agree that it is vital for the three branches to go back to a true system of checks and balances, which will gradually dismantle the administrative state.

To learn more, watch the rest of Senator Grassley’s talk here:

Which branch of government do you think needs to be reined in the most?

Comments (23)

Carolyn Gilbertson - June 29, 2018

The Judicial Branch; their job is NOT to make law but to judge its constitutionality. If they don’t do their job, the other 2 branches can be hampered and limited in their responsibilities and abilities to carry out their job. Some of our Supreme Court Judges believe they have FREE REIGN to decide according to their personal beliefs rather than what the Constitution allows.

Robert R Winters - June 29, 2018

There needs to be a public accounting of the Justice department and their actions under Obama and Clinton. A complete accounting of their actions and the ones responsible for the politicization of these departments as well as other officials involved, ie Brennan and Hillary Clinton.

HAROLD GENE AYCOCK - June 29, 2018


John Crews - June 29, 2018

Welfare needs to become Workfare.
The Food Stamp Program should require those capable to work.

Betty Peckmann - June 29, 2018

Judges have taken upon themselves the privilege of rewriting the constitution and making their own laws to fit their personal opinions. This needs to stop! Judges must either follow the constitution and laws passed by Congress or the Supreme Court (after vetting the constitutional value of that law) or be sanctioned if not removed from office..

EA Johnson - June 29, 2018

Justice, Of all the departments obama corrupted, Justice seems the worst !! We will deal with the others later !!!

M Masters - June 29, 2018


william bergsma - June 29, 2018

William June 29,2018 The EPA has become too powerful. Their rules and decrees put extreme pressure on all who want or need to get projects done on their property. The need to protect the air and water,even the land an be done without making up new requirements like dictators.

P Wolf - June 29, 2018

Both the Judicial and Executive branches need reined in dramatically. The Judicial, for obvious reasons. Enough of the legislating from the bench already. The Executive in regard to the out of control DOJ and FBI. The bulk of the “Deep State” dwells in this swamp.

Kevin O’Donnell - June 29, 2018

Executive branch

Rick Nadler - June 29, 2018

The Department of Justice should more appropriately be called the Department of Injustice and Obfuscation. There needs to be a complete overhaul of this branch of government. From district judges interfering with our very national security to FISA judges allowing unwarranted surveillance and searches, to the Asst Attorney General withholding information and documents from Congressional oversight, this branch is totally overstepping its charter and is frankly BROKEN.

At the other end of the spectrum, the legislative branch regularly abdicates its responsibilities. They allow agencies to make law so that they don’t have to accept responsibility for anything unpopular. $21 – 23 trillion in debt, no balanced budgets, as a matter of fact, no budgets at all. Why do we keep paying them and why in the world do we keep electing them????

Barbara Waggoner - June 29, 2018

Justice Dept., CIA, NSA, etc must have more oversight.

Susan - June 29, 2018

Legislative branch

Catherine Mangan - June 29, 2018

Tne Department of Education

William Coates - June 29, 2018

The unconstitutional fourth branch, the regulatory agencies. Congress far exceeded its authority in ‘delegating’ the power to write law, prosecute illegal laws not made by elected representatives of the people, and impose penalties outside of the constitutionally-defined courts. If they are needed at all, they should only be advisory agencies to propose laws which can then be debated in Congress. Congress can then decide whether they are federal or state matters and decide what to do about them

In the executive branch, the Justice department seems to have developed some unhealthy overgrowth and political activism. Time to trim off and replace the top few layers. All departments created since about 1930 should be pruned back severely, as they mostly usurp state government functions.

ROBERT TREVALLEE - June 29, 2018

Removal of the Dept. of Education is overdue. The states should define what is expected from teachers and students. No more passing students from grade to grade; perform or get out. Trade schools should be considered to prepare students for a occupation. Welfare should include workfare.

William Wallner - June 29, 2018

Overall, the Judiciary needs to return to their actual mission – interpret (as opposed to rewriting) the law of the land.

Ted Millice - June 29, 2018

Jeff Sessions ineptness has contributed greatly to this continuing mess at Justice and FBI.

Andy Bouse - June 30, 2018

The Justice Dept. Should truly be about justice. Not political favoritism. Also, the non-elected bureaucracies that carry federal authority without constitutional intent should be curtailed, eliminated, or delegated to the States. Most importantly, The First Amendment does not restrict Freedom of Religion. Why have we allowed our government to push God out of our culture? All from federal over each. Andy Bouse.

Paul Kelly - June 30, 2018

I have to completely agree with Rick Nader in his June 29 post.
Judicial cleanup
Legislative call for accountability, elimination of regulatory agencies that circumvent separation of power.

John Wier - June 30, 2018

Do away with Dep of Education! Send that back to states. Cut agriculture dep by 10% for next five years along with EPA.

Millie Kirschner - July 1, 2018

The Democratic Party. There ought to be a Law.

Phyllis - July 2, 2018

The Judicial Branch. They need to judge according to the Constitution only.

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