Nothing short of a return to the Constitution can save this great nation – H.R. 450, or the Enumerated Powers Act, states, “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.

As a reminder of the federal government’s limited powers, 20 representatives want to ensure that every single piece of legislation passing through Congress includes a statement citing specific constitutional authority for enacting it.

Sponsored by Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz., H.R. 450, or the Enumerated Powers Act, states, “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. …”

Shadegg said the act would perform three important functions:

1. It would encourage members of Congress to consider whether their proposed legislation belongs in the federal level in the allocation of powers or whether it belongs with the states or the people.

2. It would force lawmakers to include statements explaining by what authority they are acting.

3. It would give the U.S. Supreme Court the ability to scrutinize constitutional justification for every piece of legislation. If the justification does not hold up, the courts and the people could hold Congress accountable and eliminate acts that reach beyond the scope of the Constitution.

The legislation has 19 co-sponsors – all Republicans.

Lamb suggested the act become the theme song of the tea parties taking place around the nation.

“Nothing short of massive public pressure will force congressmen to take a position on this important bill.” Lamb wrote. “Nothing short of a return to the Constitution can save this great nation.”

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5 comments on “Nothing short of a return to the Constitution can save this great nation – H.R. 450, or the Enumerated Powers Act, states, “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.

  1. Great find, important post, too bad it won’t see the light of day in Congress buy your bringing it to light helps the cause. Thanks, J.C.

  2. Wow, I’m amazed that when some Americans have a quibble about the politics of spending they start a tax revolt. Our GLBT families AND children are SUB-American in Federal Law; we suffer NEEDLESSLY in times of crisis, disease, and death due to our legal exclusion from FAMILY LAW.

    I’m afraid YOU will have to pay OUR taxes from now on, until WE are equal. [National Equality Tax Revolt 2009]

  3. John: It’s not that we have quibble. We are in the beginning of a complete revolution. Half of us believe in capitalism the other half are too ignorant to see that they system our faux President it guiding us toward has failed everywhere it has been tried including apparently where you live. Those of us that value freedom are willing to fight for it and not let the government role over us. This is just the beginning.

  4. Wait until Obama’s carbon tax and all the Fed taxes to pay back all these trillions he’s spending starts! Plus the States are raising taxes now on all the things needed by a family to live! Then people will understand why we are having the Tea Parties to let our voices heard! The Democrats are living up to their name ” Spend and tax Democrats”!
    Oh by the way, alot of Obama support money came from your state of California John and California is raising your taxes now and not just the rich will be paying but also the poor and middle income people will suffer as well.

    Tea Parties and the role of government
    There are many reasons why millions of Americans will take to the streets on April 15th. Some people think it is about party politics and displeasure with the current administration. While a great many are fearful where our country is headed, it is not party politics. It is a fundamental disagreement over government’s role.

    In particular, we believe the government is far too big already. Yes, this includes the previous administrations excess spending and the idea of bailouts to banks. The plans of the current administration are to make it even bigger. We resent the intrusion and control of government into our lives and liberties. This is a key factor prompting protests.

    Take note elected officials regardless if you wear a Democrat or Republican label. The message is clear! Stop the spending. Stop the additional taxation, especially the hidden taxes in the form of increased prices passed on by industries overwhelmed by government meddling and targeted taxing. Read On

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