New Jersey House Republicans vote to ignore Constitution

You and I learned that a bill becomes a law only after it passes the House of Representatives and the Senate. Frank LoBiondo, Jon Runyan, Scott Garrett, Chris Smith, and Leonard Lance have invented a new theory of government:

If the House has not received a message from the Senate before April 6, 2011, stating that it has passed a measure providing for the appropriations for the departments and agencies of the Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, the provisions of H.R. 1, as passed by the House on February 19, 2011, are hereby enacted into law.

Yes, if the Senate fails to vote for a bill that means it becomes law! Congratulations Tea Party “Constitutionalists,” you have hit the jackpot with your Representatives.

I’d like to think Rodney Frelinghuysen failed to vote because he being visited by his outraged ghost ancestors but there’s probably another reason.

Edited by huntsu to include a basic lesson in the Constitution and how laws are made in the federal government of the United States of America.  New Jersey’s GOP Congresscritters should take a little lesson and maybe reconsider how beholden they are to the “original intent” morons on the right.

Comments (16)

  1. Hopeful (Post author)

    though fools are involved.

  2. Hopeful (Post author)

    That’s why you’re the best!

  3. Bill Orr

    What a cool video!  

  4. The Wizard

    with Teabagger Tourette’s. They’re just taking the Bush cartel “stratergy” for governance. Just make up crap and see if no one notices. Remember the good old days of circumventing the law with signing statements?  

  5. Couch Potato Politics

    when people vote from a place of ignorance, for the ignorant.

    Elections have consequences and this Tea Party / Hard-Red wave of ignorance in government is just the beginning.

    As these corporate-loyal, anti-labor, anti-middle class conserva-cons pass laws on the state level and destroy REAL economies, the damage they are creating will last decades.

    Wisconsin is trying tor remedy the damage already done with recall actions but this same vehemence for the assault on the poor and middle class has got to go national. When you attack LABOR you attack the heart of a nation.

  6. JPG

    As a former professional football player, does Jon Runyan believe that if the opposing team fails to get a touch down or misses a field goal that his team automatically gets their points?

  7. nkromann

    Yes, Republicans are just plain “ignant”.  That’s why they want to crucify teachers so much because we have seen through their lies and deceit forever.  Look at all the idiots out there who profess the law of the Constitution but don’t have an idea of American History.  This is why the Bachman’s, Palin’s, Christie’s, Runyon’s etc. are destroying this country and this state!  They want class warfare, it’s time to start the battle.

  8. glashley3

    If the Democrats are so good and big government is the way to go then why is the state broke. The dems that are in office need to go. As for taxing the businesses more that’s the wrong way to go, you need to close the tax loop holes that allow them to not pay taxes. something the democrats voted in favor of. No New Taxes, Less Government Spending. The welfare state has run out of money time for people to stop looking for handouts.


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