Arlen Specter is the Senior Republican United States Senator from Pennsylvania and Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. (May 2009)


The Need to Roll Back Presidential Power Grabs

Senate Judiciary Committee members Orrin Hatch, Arlen Specter, and Patrick Leahy at a hearing on the legal rights of detainees and enemy combatants, Washington, D.C., July 11, 2006
In the seven and a half years since September 11, the United States has witnessed one of the greatest expansions of executive authority in its history, at the expense of the constitutionally mandated separation of powers. President Obama, as only the third sitting senator to be elected president in American …

The Threat to the INF Treaty

When President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev sat together in the White House on December 8, and placed their signatures on the INF treaty, millions of persons around the world applauded. Even as I joined in the applause, I had reservations, which were based on the past year’s political debate …