Robert Prather is in favor of this legislation, which is “in committee right now that would require the Congress to name the specific part of the Constitution that gives them the power to enact a law.” It has been proposed by someone of whom I’ve never heard, John B. Shadegg, and has nine co-sponsors. Honestly, I find it rather silly, since 1) there is a “Necessary and Proper” Clause and 2) the Commerce Clause can be cited in justification for virtually anything.

(Hat tip: InstaPundit)

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  1. Steven says:

    Not to mention much of what they do they do via offering money, rather than relying on constitutional powers, per se. States can always refuse the money, and thwart congress. However, as I noted in my column about the porn-filter case last Sunday, this rarely happens.

  2. Paul says:

    Yes BUT— If they passed a law saying that everyone in congress actually had to READ the law they voted on, the world would be a better place.


    just imagine what that would do..