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‘Gang Of 8′ Is A Tax Bill Originating In The Senate

From the Politico:

GOP points to taxes in rejecting immigration bill

By LAUREN FRENCH | July 11, 2013

It’s the latest reason House Republicans say they can’t support the Senate-passed immigration bill: Taxes.

Rep. Dave Camp, the influential House Ways and Means Committee chairman, said Thursday the Senate immigration bill is unconstitutional because it raises revenue. The Constitution requires revenue bills to originate in the House.

“The Senate bill is unconstitutional, as it includes a number of revenue-related measures such as fees, penalties, surcharges and the non-payment of taxes,” Camp (R-Mich.) said in a statement. “As such, any consideration of the Senate bill in the House would also be unconstitutional. The House will have to consider its own legislation.”

It’s not a new argument.

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) last month urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to use the so-called “blue slip” process to reject the Senate bill and allow the House to craft its own immigration legislation.

So it isn’t the "the latest reason House Republicans say they can’t support the Senate-passed immigration bill," after all. Is it Ms. French?

Given his role as the top tax writer in the House, Camp’s comments could raise the prominence of such arguments…

That and the fact that it is uncontrovertibly true.

Camp outlined five instances where the Senate bill raises revenue. He said the mandate that some fines and fees go into the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Trust Fund – which is meant to pay for border security and implementation of the legislation – is inherently a revenue provision.

The provision in the Senate bill preventing non-citizens from collecting the premium tax credits included in the Affordable Care Act would also result in a “revenue effect,” Camp’s release said.

And forcing agriculture employers to not pay or withhold incomes taxes from paychecks would reduce federal revenues, Camp’s office argued. "This would reduce federal revenues otherwise collected, thus is a revenue measure for purposes of the [Constitution’s] origination clause,” the release said.

Unfortunately, however, this may all be academic, since Congress has no problems passing bills that are unconstitutional. Besides, when the Pacific Legal Foundation sued over Obama-Care on the same grounds, the DOJ argued that the Supreme Court “has never invalidated an act of Congress on that basis.” So the Constitution be damned.

Besides, the Justice Department claimed that Obama-Care originated as the House bill, the ‘Service Members Home Ownership Act.’ But after passing the House, that bill was stripped in a process known as “gut and amend,” and it was replaced with the Senate’s version of Obama-Care. And the Democrats will find a way to do the same thing with amnesty.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, July 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “‘Gang Of 8′ Is A Tax Bill Originating In The Senate”

  1. Liberals Demise

    We’ve been this route before only to be sold out by those
    who are suppose to have our best interests at heart.
    As for the law part……HA!
    MANDATE ….. 5 years of lawlessness.

  2. Enthalpy

    There are good reasons, and then the real reason. Republicans are always looking for good reasons to avoid the real reason. Any agreement with Schumer, McCain, or Graham means that the people lose.

    Unless you are self-sufficient,enslavement continues. People are just as enslaved by the government check as they ever were in the cotton patch.

  3. How can that possibly matter to men and women who treat our Nation like toilet paper?


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