President Trump is using the shutdown as justification to severely restrict executive branch support for all congressional foreign travel, whether or not military aircraft are involved.
Ryan Scoville is an associate professor at Marquette University Law School and a managing editor for AJIL Unbound, the online companion to the American Journal of International Law. In 2018, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Sophia University in Tokyo.
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The Defense Department has reportedly restricted congressional visits to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Syria. Is an executive limitation on congressional foreign travel consistent with the separation of powers?
A review of Anthea Roberts's Is International Law International? (Oxford, 2017).
A proposal to require Senate advice and consent on special envoys raises interesting constitutional questions.
There is a fair argument that the President cannot renegotiate a trade agreement without specific, prior approval from the Senate.
How much do we know about this separate domain of privately funded congressional foreign travel? Has reliance on private sources become more or less common over time? Which members of Congress have participated? Where did they go? And who paid for it?
Reprentative Gabbard probably did not violate the Logan Act, but she may have run afoul of House ethics rules.