Saturday, May 28, 2011

Obama, Above the Constitution?

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

The President, who was away from his office when the bill extending the Patriot Act was due to expire used the "auto pen" to sign S.990. Representative Tom Graves (R-GA., recognizing the President had technically violated Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution {is this a surprise to anyone?} has written a letter asking the President to confirm he actually had read the bill prior to its auto pen signing.

The applicable wording of Article 1 Section 7 as it applies to this concern reads as follows:
"Every order, resolution, or vote to which concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the same shall take effect, shall be approved by him him..."

Below is a reproduction Representative Grave's letter.

As the bill was passed into law on Thursday May 26'th while the President was out of the country the concern is legitimate. If for no other reason than it could set precedent.

Given current technology it is certainly plausible the President received the bill's language by either by fax or internet. It is right that the auto signing was brought to question by the astute representative. Our government officials, even, and especially the President, must live by the rule of law. In this instance the United States Constitution.

Via: Drudge Report - Congressman challenges Obama auto-pen 'signature' of Patriot Act

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