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The Compact Clause and Interstate Compacts - PodcastThe Compact Clause of the Constitution provides that "[n]o State shall, without the Consent of Congress... enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power." The Supreme Court requires congressional consent only for interstate compacts that attempt to enhance "states power quoad [relative to] the federal government" opening the door to approximately 200 interstate compacts. On this previously recorded conference call, the speakers discuss states’ rights, the issues that arise from interstate compacts, and their impact on federal programs.


  • Mr. Nick Dranias, Director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute
  • Dr. Michael Greve, John G. Searle Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society