Anyone care that according to the Federal Constitution all spending bills MUST originate in House not Senate?

President Obama's "jobs bill" (aka "let's use taxpayer $ to help unions of government employees so the President can be reelected Bill") got voted on in The Senate first, before The House. The U.S. Constitution is very clear that ALL spending bills must originate in Congress, in the House of Representin'. But it didn't happen that way.

Isn't our bicameral Legislature full of lawyers? Isn't The President allegedly a Constitutional scholar? (although apparently he never actually wrote any legal stuff, or the records have been sanitized to remove all traces)...

One would think that someone would have raised an objection about this improper procedure. Why didn't that happen?

3 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    "All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives" (Article 1, Section 7).

    Revenue. Not spending.

    However, the House takes it to mean not only taxation bills but also spending bills.

    The Senate can originate spending bills. However, the House will return a spending bill originated in the Senate with a note reminding the Senate of the House's prerogative on these matters. The color of the paper allows this to be called "blue-slipping." Because the House sees this as a matter of some pride, the Senate is almost guaranteed not to have concurrence on any spending bill which originates in the Senate. This has created a de facto standard, despite the contention of the Senate that it is not supported by the Constitution.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    the Senate was trying to attach it to a bill that had already passed congress.

    did not work

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No. You've got your facts wrong.

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