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Two new rules will give Constitution a starring role in GOP-controlled House

When Republicans take over the House next week, they will do something that apparently has never been done before in the chamber’s 221-year history:

And then they will require that every new bill contain a statement by the lawmaker who wrote it citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed legislation.

Call it the tea party-ization of Congress.

“It appears that the Republicans have been listening,” said Jeff Luecke, a sales supervisor and tea party organizer in Dubuque, Iowa. “We’re so far away from our founding principles that, absolutely, this is the very, very tip of the iceberg. We need to talk about and learn about the Constitution daily.”

These are two standout changes on a long list of new rules Republicans will institute in the House when they assume the majority on Jan. 5. After handing out pocket-size Constitutions at rallies, after studying the document article by article and after demanding that Washington return to its founding principles, tea party activists have something new to applaud. A pillar of their grass-roots movement will become a staple in the bureaucracy that governs Congress.

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  • Sonny119

    I love it.. But let’s hope it lasts longer than their Earmark Pledge..

  • noonespetgoat

    “Good for the Republicans for at least pretending to care about obeying our Constitution.”

    Heard of Rep. Peter King’s SHIELD Act?

  • johnhkennedy

    I’m thrilled to hear that “any” Washington politician cares about the Constitution, Bill of Rights or Rule of Law.

    Perhaps they will Stop the TSA Body Searches that are prohibited by the 4th Amendment.

    19 foreigners attacked us on 9-11, but that is not reason to body search 310 Million Americans without prior cause.

    It is amusing to hear our Washington Democrats whine. I might be more supportive if they had done their Constitutional duty and Impeached Bush and Cheney.

    Even now, with admissions by both Bush and Cheney, and their Lawyers that there was a conspiracy to violate our Federal Anti-Torture Laws, our Washington DC Democrats fail to call for prosecution.

    I’m a 46 year Democratic voter and I am tired of weak Washington Democrats. Good for the Republicans for at least pretending to care about obeying our Constitution.

  • mapletree

    The important thing is that it will make lawmakers aware that government power is supposed to be limited and not unlimited. In practice I’m sure they’ll all site the interstate commerce or general welfare clause for most legislation.

  • didacticrogue

    I cannot wait to hear some of the statists who haunt this site tell us why this is such a disastrous idea.

    It’s clearly symbolic, but … why and how could any reasonable person be opposed to the notion of a sponsor justifying the constitutionality of his or her bill?