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.