Conservative Republicans Pushing to Strengthen Constitutionality Rule

It’s amazing to me that we even have to remind politicians that ALL of their legislation must fall within the constraints of the U.S. Constitution:

MILLER: Constitution 101:
Congress shows little knowledge of the document it swore to defend
By Emily Miller – The Washington Times

With any luck, the Supreme Court will soon declare Obamacare unconstitutional. Nevertheless, conservatives think it’s not a good idea to rely on the courts to prevent the next congressional overreach from becoming law. House Republicans did their best when they took over in January 2011 in adopting a rule requiring every bill to be justified by a constitutional-authority statement. So far, however, conservative members aren’t overly impressed with their colleagues.

The Republican Study Committee (RSC) analyzes the constitutional statements for every bill and joint resolution introduced and sends out a weekly email highlighting the “most questionable.” Last week, it selected Rep. Andre Carson, Indiana Democrat, for justifying his bill to authorize the president to award a gold medal on behalf of Congress to boxer Muhammad Ali by citing irrelevant constitutional clauses, including the one giving Congress the right to set its governing rules and expel members.


Lack of knowledge of the Constitution is part of the problem, but so is the enforcement mechanism. The current rule is too vague, saying only that the statement should cite “as specifically as practicable the power or powers granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the bill or joint resolution.” Mr. Garrett and the RSC are pushing for reforms that include requiring citation of the specific enumerated power authorizing a particular congressional action.

This would have prevented Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, from citing the preamble to the Constitution to justify the creation of a Department of Peace. The exact section and clause would have to be cited, stopping Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat, from writing merely that Article 1 gave him the power to introduce a job-training bill in April.


Had then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi been forced to explain the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law, the public might have seen through the Democratic power grab. It’s not too much to ask members to be able to articulate the legitimacy of their actions. Conservatives are right to strengthen the rule after the election. Making lawmakers become more familiar with our nation’s founding document is worth the fight.

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2 Comments on “Conservative Republicans Pushing to Strengthen Constitutionality Rule”

  1. tgusa Says:

    Most Constitutional Americans realize that democrat sub groups are incapable of living under Constitutional law. Many Americans, more and more everyday, understand this and they just don’t want to live with these sub groups anymore. If the country were to split our part would return to peace and prosperity while their side would devolve into a multi-sided civil war. If you have a hyphen in your description, you are not an American, you are one of them, whatever that may be. And guess what, we don’t need you, we wont miss you. If anyone thinks progs come out winners in that, well, LOL. By pretending that we can get along we enable these groups to exist. With every measure, after every threat, as a result of every infringement of rights they create even more of us.

    For quite a long time the crats have tried to ignore, silence or ridicule our concerns,values and beliefs. That does not mean these concerns have disappeared, it doesn’t mean these values and beliefs have changed. As a result of ignoring our concerns those concerns have gone underground, but they are still there, and swelling. Think of a helium balloon, the pressure continuing to increase while the balloonist just goes on ignoring it, eventually the balloon pops. When this balloon pops it will be the end of our relationship and by extension the end of them. We wont have to d it, their civil war will take care of that and them, and I’m not going to do a damn thing about it. The dept of peace, they cannot even live together right here, what a laugher.

  2. theresa Says:

    Our Governmenrt officials from top to bottom, lobbiests ect all need to go take a class on reading,understanding and upholding our constitution instead of trying to find ways around it and to make laws to suit themselves and their big rich superpacts, this includes sending all illegals no matter what nationality and expired green card holders back where they came from. then legit americans might get a job, we would not be spending billions to feed them, doctor them, educate them.and our prisons would empty out a little.we also need to set a limit on what a politician can spend tpo get nominated. and get rid of superpacts. tess

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