PBS NewsHour White House Correspondent Laura Barrón-López hosts a roundtable discussion with politicians, academics and experts about the growing gulf between the executive and legislative branches as part of the Democracy 360 conference, led by the Miller Center in partnership with the Karsh Center for Democracy at the University of Virginia.
The American presidency, as a distinctly democratic institution, is in crisis, both unleashed and under strain. Presidents are more powerful, and they are more prone to fail.
Presidential power has grown across administrations. Increasingly, presidents set the agenda with Congress yet also avoid Congress entirely by using the president’s exclusive powers unilaterally. And yet presidents struggle. As measured by public opinion and their ability to forge bipartisan compromise, presidents from both parties face great constraints.
- Louisa Terrell – Executive Director, Biden Foundation
- Dan Meyer – Chief of Staff, Former Republican House Speakers Kevin McCarthy and Newt Gingrich
- Barbara Comstock – Former Virginia Congresswoman, Republican
- Pete Geren – Former Texas Congressman, Democrat
- Doug Jones – Former Alabama Senator, Democrat
- L.F. Payne, Jr. – President, Three Ridges Group
- Guian McKee – Miller Center of Public Affairs, UVA
- Chris Liddell – Former Deputy Chief of Staff, Trump Administration
- Kathryn Tenpas – Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
- Valerie Boyd – Director, Partnership for Public Service
- William Howel – Professor in American Politics, University of Chicago