State lawmakers, led by State Legislators For Legal Immigration (SLLI) founder Daryl Metcalfe, met in Washington D.C. Jan. 5 to unveil model legislation regarding the 14th Amendment. Joined by constitutional scholars, they held a press conference on the same day as the swearing-in of the 112th Congress.
In anticipation of a full-fledged GOP attack on Obama’s signature healthcare law, congressional Democrats are in the process of planning an “all fronts” defense of the new law as new House speaker John Boehner’s scheduled January 12 vote to repeal the measure approaches.
Nine words taken from Article I, Section 5 of the Constitution are causing quite a stir among journalists and pundits today. The “controversial” clause reads in relevant part:
Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings….
Several weeks ago, a liberal organization known as the Justice Movement asked Congress to pass legislation authorizing the formation of a constitutional convention in Philadelphia on July 4, 2011. This organization mistakenly believes that Congress is authorized under Article V of the Constitution to convene a constitutional convention with the approval of two-thirds of the House of Representatives as well as that of the Senate.