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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-02-11 05:12 PM
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11. It seems an abandonment of constitutional responsibilities
After all, revenue measures are supposed to originate in the House, and this committee will be proposing unamendable revenue measures which will trigger automatic revenue consequences if not adopted. It's a very convenient way of dodging responsibility for draconian cuts, as well as an open (and irresistible?) invitation to some Members to avoid taking any action at all as a way to axe spending.

Considering that the House just adjourned without reinstating funding for the FAA, and all that that deliberate blunder will cost the nation and the flying public, I fully expect these vipers to subvert the usual budget process secure in the knowledge that there will be no electoral repercussions.

I suppose a Writ of Mandamus could sort this out.
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  -So, armchair constitutional lawyers. This "supercommittee" and its "trigger" mechanism. Plaid Adder  Aug-02-11 03:58 PM   #0 
  - This armchair constitutional lawyer would tend to agree with you...  truebrit71   Aug-02-11 03:59 PM   #1 
  - Congress can create it's own rules and organizing principles  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-02-11 03:59 PM   #2 
  - The constitutional issue is not relevant: it is vile and stupid.  Warren Stupidity   Aug-02-11 04:15 PM   #3 
  - When was the last time you got that bent out of shape over a Select Committee? They've been formed  KittyWampus   Aug-02-11 04:17 PM   #6 
     - Have any other select committees disallowed congress to change the bill  readmoreoften   Aug-02-11 04:19 PM   #7 
     - Yes, the BRAC commision  nadinbrzezinski   Aug-02-11 04:19 PM   #8 
     - You do not see anything slightly different about this one?  Warren Stupidity   Aug-02-11 04:20 PM   #9 
  - Have any of the other Special/Select Committees over the last 100 years or so been  KittyWampus   Aug-02-11 04:16 PM   #4 
  - Probably constitutional....but really, really, dumb.  CanonRay   Aug-02-11 04:17 PM   #5 
  - Assigning legislators to a committee is but I don't think that their  jwirr   Aug-02-11 05:04 PM   #10 
  - It seems an abandonment of constitutional responsibilities  gratuitous   Aug-02-11 05:12 PM   #11 

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