S510 is stalled in the House – Keep your opposition coming!

S510 is stalled in the House –
Keep your opposition coming!

S510 is stalled in the House and may have to be sent back to the Senate, due to a constitutional issue with the Senate bill’s section on revenues! Whether the problem can be dealt with before the session ends soon is unknown.

Keep your calls and emails coming
by clicking here to oppose S510.

The problem: S510 has a section that calls for revenue raising from the American people. That section is being deemed unconstitutional because revenue raising bills can only be originated in the House of Representatives. That means that the House can’t vote on the Senate language as it was presented to them and get it passed quickly, which we were told was the plan.

The House has it’s own version of the bill , but to pass that bill would take setting up a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate and the House bills. And it is unknown what leadership will decide to do at this point.

The following is an excerpt from the rules for your information and the entire document can be accessed by clicking here:

The Origination Clause

Article I, Section 7, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, referred to as the Origination Clause,

states:

All Bills for Raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

This clause prescribes that the House, and not the Senate, must originate measures that contain revenue provisions. It is generally accepted that the goal of the Origination Clause was to grant the power to tax to the chamber directly elected by the people4and as part of the compromise that enabled the Philadelphia Convention to create a bicameral Congress. The Senate may author revenue provisions, but only as amendments to House-originated measures that already contain revenue provisions.5 Senate rules place no general limits, however, on the Senate’s power to amend, so the Senate may amend a House bill containing revenues with any other type of revenue provisions…” (Rules and Practices Governing Consideration of Revenue Legislation in the House and Senate – by Megan Suzanne Lynch, Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process, September 14, 2010, click here to read complete rule summary document)

In addition, click here to read an article forwarded by an aide in the office of Representative Kline of MN to learn more about what is taking place.

Now more than ever , send your opposition to your elected officials by clicking here and putting in your zip code and submitting your comment.

Diane M. Miller J.D.
Director of Law and Public Policy
National Health Freedom Action
PMB 218, 2136 Ford Parkway
St. Paul, MN 55116-1863
Phone: 507-663-9018
Fax: 507-663-9013
Alt: 651-470-7367

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