It was 226 years ago today that the federal government started to operate under the terms of the U.S. Constitution, as the Confederation Congress ceded power. However, there was a major problem with the first session of the new Congress: not enough members showed up.
March 4th is an important day in the America saga as Congress met for the first time in 1789 to start governing under the Constitution. So why don’t more people honor that day as a significant point in history?
On Tuesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be speaking about the Iranian nuclear threat to Congress, but many legislators at the speech will have another “nuclear” topic on their mind.
On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 24 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, explains arguments about a constitutional precedent being set by the House’s invitation to Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.