Posted by Brian
What Our Constitution Permits
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
By Walter E. Williams
Unless a congressional bill or resolution meets this requirement, it cannot be introduced.
If the House of Representatives had the courage to follow through on this rule, their ability to spend and confer legislative favors would be virtually eliminated. Also, if the rule were to be applied to existing law, they'd wind up repealing at least two-thirds to three-quarters of congressional spending.
You might think, for example, that there's constitutional authority for Congress to spend for highway construction and bridges.
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