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Scott on March 17, 2010 at 1:44 pm

As the controversy rages on over the upcoming Health Care vote (or non-vote), I was curious and pulled up the applicable section of the Constitution (Article 1, Section 7): (bold type mine)

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively.

I am not a Constitutional scholar by any means, and I am certainly not a “senior lecturer”/Constitutional Law Professor like our current President, but I can’t help but wonder how Nancy Pelosi’s game plan gets around these hurdles:

1)  Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate – seems to indicate that each and every bill must separately pass the House of Reps and the Senate, not kindasorta one and kindasorta the other.

2)  [Every Bill]…before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it - seems to indicate that a Bill CANNOT be signed by the President UNTIL it has separately passed the House of Reps and the Senate, again not kindasorta one and kindasorta the other.

3)  But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively – seems to be saying that EVERY member of the House and the Senate MUST have a recorded, verifiable and recordable Yea or Nay vote which is attached to their name in relation to the Bill.

So HOW does this Dem plan hold up when the Healthcare Bill will NOT be passed separately by the House and the Senate, will NOT be eligible to be signed by the President because it won’t have been passed separately through the House and Senate, and will NOT be able to be verified with separate and clear Yea or Nay votes from each and every member of the House and the Senate?

And on a related note…

Does anyone remember President Obama saying this:

“I was a Constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution.”

So does “respecting the Constitution” involve ignoring the Constitution?  Or maybe it means sitting back and allowing OTHERS to ignore the Constitution so that he can get what he wants.  After all, then it isn’t his fault.  Right?

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