Archive for January 13th, 2011

Congressman Proposes Rule that All Bills Must Meet Constitutional Standards

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

A freshman congressman has my approval on this new proposed rule; that all bills must specify what part of the Constitution gives them the power to be enacted into law. I doubt this will actually happen, but it would be very refreshing if it did.

One of the first acts of the new Congress was a page-by-page reading of the Constitution. Members of both parties participated, including freshman Republican Alan Nunnelee of Mississippi, who feels the reading conveys that this Congress will be well-grounded in the Constitution.

“As a way of moving from the symbolic to the real, part of the rules package we adopted for the first time in United States history says that any piece of legislation that’s introduced has to cite the specific clause of the Constitution that gives the Congress the power to do whatever it is the legislation wants to do,” Nunnelee reports.

He says the new rule is significant because it will deal with serious questions about whether Congress actually has the constitutional authority to force individuals to purchase health insurance, as required by ObamaCare.

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