New GOP House rule requires constitutional authority on every bill introduced

December 30, 2010 09:14

They will read the Constitution aloud. And then they will require that every new bill contain a statement by the lawmaker who wrote it citing the constitutional authority to enact the proposed legislation.

By Philip Rucker and Krissah Thompson Washington Post


When Republicans take over the House next week, they will do something that apparently has never been done before in the chamber’s 221-year history:

Call it the tea party-ization of Congress.

“It appears that the Republicans have been listening,” said Jeff Luecke, a sales supervisor and tea party organizer in Dubuque, Iowa. “We’re so far away from our founding principles that, absolutely, this is the very, very tip of the iceberg. We need to talk about and learn about the Constitution daily.”

House Republican leaders announced dozens of new rules, including several measures designed to increase transparency in the legislative process.

The reading of the Constitution will occur on Jan. 6, one day after the swearing in of Speaker-designate John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).


Text and summary of the new rules

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