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Monday, February 14, 2011

The Bigger the GOP, the Bigger the Hypocrisy

Okay, so, the GOP passed a House Rule that states a requirement to cite the constitution as specifically as possible that empowers congress to enact the bill.
“SECTION 2. CHANGES TO THE STANDING RULES.

(a) CITING AUTHORITY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION.

January 4, 2011 (10:18 p.m.)

(1) In clause 7 of rule XII, add the following new paragraph:

 ‘‘(c)(1) A bill or joint resolution may not be introduced unless the sponsor submits for printing in the Congressional Record a statement citing as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the bill or joint resolution. The statement shall appear in a portion of the Record designated for that purpose and be made publicly available in electronic form by the Clerk.

 ‘‘(2) Before consideration of a Senate bill or joint resolution, the chair of a committee of jurisdiction may submit the statement required under subparagraph (1) as though the chair were the sponsor of the Senate bill or joint resolution.’
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And the memo warned that any bill that is filed without the requisite “constitutional authority statement” will not be accepted by the House clerk and will be returned to the sponsor.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1210/46565.html#ixzz1DwZpeANn
 So, on the first day of the new Congress, they violated the Constitution by having two members who did not take the oath of office overseeing subcommittees and voting.

Then, after that was resolved in a GOP-promise-and-rules-violating way, they went about their business of ruining the country.  A little while later, they have shown their own disdain for the rule they passed.  They "Forgot" to follow their own "cite the Constitution" rule for introducing Bills.

For one, when Weiner is citing the rule and reading the attachment provided, it is clear that the citation is non-existent.  They failed to follow their own rule.  The GOP tries to start arguing that the law the bill is seeking to repeal is unconstitutional.  Not the point.  Your rule was not followed, start over.  Then, a GOP Rep starts citing Article 1, Section 1 :
"All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives."
 Okay, fine, you want to weasel around your own rules, cite Article 1, Section 1 in the bill - which has not been done.  Start over! The House Clerk should have, according to the GOP memo, rejected the bill and returned it to the sponsor.  Instead, they are just pushing it through.

I like that Rep. Frank Pallone then proposed the real reason they did not include the citation - they can't.

Seriously - even though it is very long, watch the video!

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