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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Constitutional Order Dumped for Omnibus Folly

Newly elected Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA), who upset then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the primary last year, revealed in September on C-SPAN that House and Senate leaders decided months ago to abandon “regular order” for funding the government. They planned to push through a government-wide Continuing Resolution (CR) at the end of September, to be followed by an Omnibus spending bill just before Christmas.

In other words, we’re about to see a repeat of what happened last December when House Speaker Boehner and Senate leader McConnell, working behind closed doors, cobbled together the 1,600-page, $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” spending bill and forced it through the lame-duck Congress on a narrow, bipartisan vote. Nancy Pelosi delivered enough Democratic votes to compensate for the 67 conservative Republicans who voted against that monstrosity, which even included the money to implement Obama’s executive amnesty of 5 million illegal aliens.

This is the same Republican Congress that passed the Corker bill, which exempted Obama’s dangerous deal with Iran from the two-thirds vote in the Senate, which the Constitution requires for treaties. Congress has done nothing to curb judicial supremacy by the Supreme Court and lower courts on social issues, despite clear authority in the Constitution for Congress to withdraw jurisdiction.

Most Republicans ran on a promise to return our government to the Constitution. Our founding document clearly vests in Congress the power of the purse and states that “No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.” Congress should use its power of the purse to push back against this overreaching by the other branches.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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