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Congress shall pass a law…

on January 10, 2005

More fodder for the tinfoil hat brigade — but even so this is almost certainly unconstitutional and ought to be overturned if signed into law:

Usually, 218 lawmakers – a majority of the 435 members of Congress – are required to conduct House business, such as passing laws or declaring war.
But under the new rule, a majority of living congressmen no longer will be needed to do business under “catastrophic circumstances.”
Instead, a majority of the congressmen able to show up at the House would be enough to conduct business, conceivably a dozen lawmakers or less.
The House speaker would announce the number after a report by the House Sergeant at Arms. Any lawmaker unable to make it to the chamber would effectively not be counted as a congressman.
The circumstances include “natural disaster, attack, contagion or similar calamity rendering Representatives incapable of attending the proceedings of the House.”
The House could be run by a small number of lawmakers for months, because House vacancies must be filled by special elections. Governors can make temporary appointments to the Senate.
Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), one of few lawmakers active on the issue, argued the rule change contradicts the U.S. Constitution, which states that “a majority of each (House) shall constitute a quorum to do business”.


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  1. rick says:

    I think they should pass more laws making it easier for white males to attend medical school instead of letting the foriegners have first to go rights,as far as this law its just the beggining of lots more corruption.