Thursday, October 29, 2009

Enumerated Powers Act

John Hendrickson, a Research Analyst with the Public Interest Institute from Mount Pleasant, IA. gives a heads up on some interesting legislation introduced in the Senate: The Constitution and the Enumerated Powers Act
One of the most fundamental questions that has faced, and is facing, the United States is over the proper role of government. The current policies that are being championed by President Obama and other Democrat leaders, just as with all policies regardless of political party sponsorship, need to be measured against the Constitution. Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced the Enumerated Powers Act, which would “require all legislation introduced in Congress to contain a concise constitutional explanation of the constitutional authority empowering Congress to enact it.”

The Enumerated Powers Act would force Congress to not only identify the constitutional reason for a particular piece of legislation, but it would also invoke a much needed debate over the Constitution and role of government. Ideas truly have consequences, and how someone interprets the Constitution will have a tremendous impact on policy and the course of the nation.
I've asked for this legislative requirement for years at conventions, forums and townhall meetings. I welcome Representative Shadegg and Senator Coburn's efforts against the Goliath that stands in his path.

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