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Slaughter solution bitterly opposed in 2005…by Slaughter!

She fought it in 2005 with San Fran Nan when the GOP was busy using the Constitution as Charmin.  But today?  Not so much.

But put aside the present for the moment and step into my time machine. Dial the date selector back to 2005 when the Republican majority in Congress approved a national debt limit increase using a self-executing rule similar to the Slaughter Solution.

Guess who went to federal court to challenge the constitutionality of the move? The Ralph Nader-backed Public Citizen legal activists. Here’s the argument they made:

“Article I of the United States Constitution requires that before proposed legislation may “become[] a Law,” U.S. CONST. art. I, § 7, cl. 2, “(1) a bill containing its exact text [must be] approved by a majority of the Members of the House of Representatives; (2) the Senate [must] approve[] precisely the same text; and (3) that text [must be] signed into law by the President,” Clinton v. City of New York, 524 U.S. 417, 448, 118 S.Ct. 2091, 141 L.Ed.2d 393 (1998).

“Public Citizen, a not-for-profit consumer advocacy organization, filed suit in District Court claiming that the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Pub.L. No. 109-171, 120 Stat. 4 (2006) (“DRA” or “Act”), is invalid because the bill that was presented to the President did not first pass both chambers of Congress in the exact same form. In particular, Public Citizen contends that the statute’s enactment did not comport with the bicameral passage requirement of Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution, because the version of the legislation that was presented to the House contained a clerk’s error with respect to one term, so the House and Senate voted on slightly different versions of the bill and the President signed the version passed by the Senate.

“Public Citizen asserts that it is irrelevant that the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate both signed a version of the proposed legislation identical to the version signed by the President. Nor does it matter, Public Citizen argues, that the congressional leaders’ signatures attest that indistinguishable legislative text passed both houses.” (Emphasis added)

And now for the kicker, guess who joined Public Citizen in that suit with amicus briefs:

  • Nancy Pelosi
  • Henry Waxman
  • Louise Slaughter

If the Pelosi/Slaughter/Waxman argument against using a self-executing rule against a debt limit increase measure sounds familiar, it should because it’s the same argument now being used by Republicans to oppose the Slaughter Solution for moving Obamacare through the House.

Hey, I’m not saying she’s a hypocrite or anything!  I’m just saying that she acts one way when it suits her fancy, then acts the opposite way when she suits her fancy.  OK, now that you mention it, that does make her a stark raving moonbatty hypocrite.

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March 16, 2010 - Posted by | corruption, health care, hypocrisy, moonbats, Pelosi

2 Comments »

  1. Dang, for a minute there I got all excited to see the words “self-executing” and Pelosi/Slaughter/Waxman in the same sentence… Now THERE is some real HOPE. 🙂

    Comment by Kanaka Girl | March 16, 2010

  2. 😆

    Comment by crushliberalism | March 16, 2010


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