Saturday, April 25, 2009

Returning to Constitutional Federal Government

A bill that requires Consitutional authority for Federal bills has been re-introduced in the House. Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) has re-introduced in the House HR 450, the Enumerated Powers Act, which would compel lawmakers to cite specific constitutional authority for all bills. Redstate article notes:

It is one third of a great bill; what it needs is legislation throwing out the Supreme Court’s 1942 Wickard v. Filburn decision and language that more closely defines “general welfare” so the General Welfare clause in the Constitution can’t be tortured so gratuitously. ...
Randy E. Barnett proposes in the pages of the WSJ a Federalism Amendment that would do much of what I propose in the expanded Enumerated Powers Act.
Well worth keeping tabs on this.

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