It didn’t take long for House Democrats to abandon their new-found (during election season) ethics by passing HR78 (along party lines) to allow non-members of Congress voting privileges in the House (contradicting and overriding Article I Section 2 of The Constitution). The bill even allows them to serve as committee chairman! Why would they do this? Simple. Because it’s reported 80% of them are Democrats and it extends the Democrat majority. So much for campaign promises about ethics (again). As soon as a minority party becomes the majority, all commitment to ethics and integrity vaporize in a cloud of power grabbing.
Once again, Washington regulars demonstrate ethically-challenged behavior.
It’s not really the Democrats fault, as power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely (That’s why the framers divided the government into three separate divisions with balances to avoid such corruption). It doesn’t really matter which party is in control, as soon as they get a majority corruption and self-interest reign. Right now, it’s the Democrats turn.
Summary of the bill (sponsored by Steny Hoyer):
Amends Rule III (The Members, Delegates, and Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico) of the Rules of the House of Representatives to provide that, in a Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union, each Delegate and the Resident Commissioner shall possess the same powers and privileges (including voting) as Members of the House.
Amends Rule XVIII (The Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union) to allow a Delegate or the Resident Commissioner to preside as Chairman of such Committee.
While Article I Section 2 of The Constitution states:
No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.
The Constitution states House members must be citizens of the US for seven years, and be an inhabitant of the State where chosen. If these “extra members” meet those requirements, no bill is needed. If they don’t, the bill is unconstitutional.
Gee, do we sense a conflict here? Why pass this rule conflicting with The Constitution? Because it enhances their majority status with extra members — members which may be crucial for the balance of power after the 2008 elections. They’ve found a way to increase their majority without a vote of the people — a sort of post-election stuffing the ballot box.
Representative Tom Price reports:
Tomorrow, House Democrats will change the rules of the House to allow non-members of Congress (serving as delegates from American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the District of Columbia and the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico), the right to vote.
That article is a few days old — the House passed it 226-191 along mostly party lines (since it favors Democrats heavily). You can read the text of HR78, and view the roll call to see if your representative went along with this congressional equivalent of stuffing the ballot box.
The MSM is silent about this — why do they only seem to worry about some egregious breaks of Constitutional law? The Constitution is the supreme law of the land — members who supported this unethical power grab should not only be ashamed, but have broken their fiduciary duty to support The Constitution. They’ve proven they only care about themselves and partisian politics, and not the country or Constitutional law.
If you thought you voted for an end to corruption in Washington in the last election, surprise! — Democrats couldn’t make it one month without throwing ethics, integrity and the rule of law out the window. The corruption continues, only the names change.
Perhaps when Democrats said they would end the “culture of corruption” and return to a rule of law in Washington, they meant Republican errors — it’s fine as long as corruption benefits Democrats.