Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Support Your Constitution

Each year that he has been in office, John Shadegg (R-AZ) has introduced a bill to the House that would insist that each Act of Congress contain a concise statement of the constitutional authority for each provision of the act. His goal is to stop continually increasing the power of the federal government over state and local governments.

So far, the House Rules Committee, chaired by Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by John Conyers (D-MI) have not allowed the bill onto the floor for a vote. This time they are also ignoring the 19 additional representatives who are co-sponsors of HR 450.

Of course, this attempt at return to Constitutional limits would require that the bills be read before being passed.

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