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January 15, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) has introduced the Enumerated Powers Act in every session of Congress since 1995, even though it has never made it out of committee. Needless to say, it’s back again in the 111th. Here’s what it would require:

>“Each Act of Congress shall contain a concise and definite statement of the constitutional authority relied upon for the enactment of each portion of that Act. The failure to comply with this section shall give rise to a point of order in either House of Congress. The availability of this point of order does not affect any other available relief.”

Congress’s 18 enumerated powers are spelled out in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and clarified by the 10th amendment, which reads, “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved for the States respectively, or to the people.”

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  • stormyygirll 01/16/2009 7:55am

    Fantastic! I am very glad to see this posted, so thank you!

    I have been making phone calls to various Congressmen’s offices and speaking with their Legislative Assistance’s regarding H.R. 450. Most offices say they had not heard of this bill, which I can understand since it is newly introduced, but they also had not heard of H.R. 1359 from the 110th Congress, nor any Bill name of this text before that.

    When speaking to the offices of these Congressmen, I state the Bill number, H.R. 450 and its intent, “To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.”

    The text of this bill is very straight forward and all Congressmen swore in their Oath of Office (basically their contract with the people) that they support the Constitution, without purpose of evasion.

    Seems simple.

    They all have taken that oath, so every member of our Congress should be in full support of H.R. 450; if they are not, we the people need to have them pulled from their seats, as they are not upholding the oath (contract) that they made with us.

    The Constitution is what created and seats both the Senate & the House and both derive their power from it.

    With this being the case, I cannot comprehend why there would be a hold up in either the Rules or Judiciary Committees or any other Committee, as this bill appears to be ethical and in accordance with the law.

    There should be no resistance from the leadership of any Committee or the House regarding H.R. 450.

    That’s it!

    If a Congressman is a supporter of the United States Constitution without any purpose of evasion, as is stated in their Oath of Office, then there is no logical reason for them not to sign on as a Co-sponsor of H.R. 450.

    I have been writing blogs, talking with friends & family, and calling Congressmen’s offices to bring this bill to light! I truly hope that more will do the same.

    Thank you for reading and have a most beautiful day!



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