Do you think that has anything to do with why Card just resigned?
Originally Posted by Gitti
Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) has alleged in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card that President Bush signed a version of the Budget Reconciliation Act that, in effect, did not pass the House of Representatives.
Further, Waxman says there is reason to believe that the Speaker of the House called President Bush before he signed the law, and alerted him that the version he was about to sign differed from the one that actually passed the House.
If true, this would put the President in willful violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Originally Posted by RachelGS
Shhhh! It's vewy, vewy quiet from the right.
|But last month, Washington threw all that old-fashioned civics stuff into a tizzy, when President Bush signed into law a bill that actually never passed the House. Bill -- in this case, a major budget-cutting measure that will affect millions of Americans -- became a law because it was "certified" by the leaders of the House and Senate.|
|For their part, congressional leaders and administration officials point to an 1892 Supreme Court decision, Field v. Clark , to argue that as long as the speaker of the House and the leader of the Senate certify a bill passed, it is passed. In that case, a bill signed by President Benjamin Harrison and authenticated by the leaders of the House and Senate was different from the version printed in the official journals of Congress, known now as the Congressional Record.|
Originally Posted by boingo82
$50 bucks says a Bin Laden tape comes out this week.
Originally Posted by Mama Rana
I know I'm a political idiot, but could someone explain to me how he even got ahold of a bill to sign that hadn't even passed through both houses yet?
Originally Posted by SummerLover
Here's a pretty good article-