Thursday, December 2, 2010

Food Safety Bill Hits Snag as Democrats Learned Their Action Was Unconstitutional

Exactly how many people in the Democratic Senate caucus looked at this without realizing they were attempting do something illegally? There is no allegation it was an intentional attempt at usurping Constitutional provisions. The Constitution really is not that long a document, is it to much to ask our leasers to read it every once and a while?

"A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.

By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides.

The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.

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