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  • I’m Just a Bill, Yes, I’m Only a Bill: The Constitutional Way to Make Laws

    Under the Progressive notion of a “living” Constitution, almost every aspect of the Constitution has been subject to reinterpretation.  One section that would seem to defy a new interpretation, however, is Article I, Section 7, Clause 2 – or the “Presentment Clause” – which clearly outlines the process by which a bill becomes a law.

    As Michael Rappaport explains in the latest Constitutional Guidance for Lawmakers essay, “The Presentment Clause ultimately drafted by the Convention was one of the most formal provisions in the Constitution. The Framers apparently feared that factions would attempt to depart from the constitutional method for passing laws and therefore they spelled out that method in one of the document’s longest provisions.”

    Yet despite the careful detail the Founders took with this clause, lawmaking today often looks quite different.  Instead of exercising their constitutional responsibility, Congress regularly delegates their legislative powers to administrative agencies (see Constitutional Guidance for Lawmakers No. 1 on Article I, Section 1: “Legislative Powers: Not Yours to Give Away”). Restoring the proper lawmaking process should be the first order of business for the 112th Congress.

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    6 Responses to I’m Just a Bill, Yes, I’m Only a Bill: The Constitutional Way to Make Laws

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      “Congress regularly delegates their legislative powers to administrative agencies.”

      A tool that allows congress to point fingers at the federal workforce – while at the same time the federal workforce points their fingers at congress for their inefficiencies. This is not an animosity type relationship, but this is rather a symbiotic relationship that ensures that government can only grow without any accountability.

      When the federal government fails or is caught in a wrong-doing as it is does on a regular basis, congress creates a means of oversight then gives the federal workforce – the very body that committed the original wrong – to administer their own oversight.

      This passing of the buck aids federal obfuscations. By the time these goons are done, we the people are left spinning and not really knowing what is going on in that District. We are left simply trusting that they have our best interest in mind. Well we know whom they have in their minds. The greater District of Columbia has seen an overall average household income increase of 36% while the rest of us saw an overall decrease of 5%.

      “Restoring the proper lawmaking process should be the first order of business for the 112th Congress.”

      This is vital to getting back to honest and transparent governing from the District of Columbia.

    2. Bobbie says:

      What great childhood memories this brings back! When tv instilled education without notice because it was made fun!

      What has been going on behind the backs of the people must be addressed and corrected with proper punishment. Only cowards find a way around the rules.

      The government doesn't have constitutional immunity, nor do they have the right to an open interpretation of the Constitution. It's not a living document, it's a timeless document that the cowardly weak will not accept.

      The constitution mentions American born and immigrants equal under the law. The government messed this up in a bad way…true racism, discrimination and bias is conducted by the government, not the people. This needs immediate correction so immigrants as Americans know what to expect and know what is expected of them without exception.

      p.s. all minds of people learn when laws are enforced and actions are held accountable.

      But anyway, alot of mess to clean up and another reason I don't vote democrat.

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