3 years agoJuly 30, 2010
Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution
"Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.”
4 years agoMarch 18, 2010
Letter from the Attorney General of Virginia to Nancy Pelosi
As reported in this TWP article, the state of Virginia (along with 36 other states) intends to file a suit against the federal government, after a state bill was passed making it illegal to require individuals to purchase health care insurance.
March 17, 2010
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Office of the Speaker H-232, U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C.
Dear Speaker Pelosi: I am writing to urge you not to proceed with the Senate Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act under a so-called “deem and pass” rule because such a course of action would raise grave constitutional questions.
Based upon media interviews and statements which I have seen, you are considering this approach because it might somehow shield members of Congress from taking a recorded vote on an overwhelmingly unpopular Senate bill. This is an improper purpose under the bicameralism requirements of Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, one of the purposes of which is to make our representatives fully accountable for their votes.
Furthermore, to be validly enacted, the Senate bill would have to be accepted by the House in a form that is word-for-word identical (Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417 (1998)).
Should you employ the deem and pass tactic, you expose any act which may pass to yet another constitutional challenge. A bill of this magnitude should not be passed using this maneuver. As the President noted last week, the American people are entitled to an up or down vote.
Sincerely, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II Attorney General of Virginia
4 years agoMarch 18, 2010
Pelosi’s Promise of 72 hours
The Weekly Standard magazine:
Madam Speaker, do you support the measure to put the final House bill online for 72 hours before it’s voted on at the very end?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Absolutely. Without question.
The Weekly Standard now reports that Nancy Pelosi will, in fact, NOT allow for 72 hours of public review of the House’s healthcare reform bill.
4 years agoNovember 6, 2009
4 years agoMay 15, 2009
Now we need to save newspapers? The ones who fought adaption to the internet?
I was against saving big-auto, I was against saving AIG (and look where that got us), and now I’m against saving newspapers.
I feel for the people that might lose jobs, but so did I, and you work in an industry that has been tanking for several years now. Read the writing on the wall.
No soup for you. Sorry.
5 years agoMarch 17, 2009
DO NOT pass the stimulus bill in a rush.
Ok, we aren’t getting the promised 48 hours to review the new stimulus bill.
Now that the 1,000-page bill finally surfaced last night, our representatives are supposed to cast their final vote on it by 6PM today.
DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND? THIS CHANGES THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY.
A. How will the supportive Democrats have a chance to review, to be sure they are still voting for the same bill as before? How can these hardworking representatives have a chance for their due diligence? I would assume they would at least re-read it, it’s that important, right? At 1,000 pages, it is a novel.
B. How will the generally unsupportive Republicans have any chance to see if this is a worthwhile compromise? How will they have time to criticize the changes? A healthy debate and fight over this will yield us the strongest possible bill, at a time where we MUST get the decision correct.
Please, on Friday the 13th, DO NOT pass the stimulus bill in a panic.
Please do not make this leap without checking your parachute one more time.
"Her life is in your hands, dude."