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Constitutional Authority

For what may well be the first time in my life, there is a bill pending in Congress that may actually be constitutional.

H.R. 1359 would require that each act of Congress “contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act.”

The bill would not likely accomplish anything, given that the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the Commerce Clause and the Tax and Spend Clause as giving Congress limitless police powers. But it would provide us with a good laugh at least, to actually force Congress to enumerate the authority for its abuse of power.

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