Yes, it’s April Fools, but this is no joke.
This morning, Republicans are attempting to rewrite the Constitution – claiming that their ‘So Be It’ spending bill will become the law of the land even if the Senate doesn’t pass it and the President doesn’t sign it. Since Congressional Republicans are living in a ‘Dream and Pass’ world, we thought we would provide Republicans with some helpful information on how a bill becomes a law.
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.
Now if that is too confusing, this short video might help:
To be fair, not all Republicans in Congress are buying the GOP leadership’s attempt to rewrite the Constitution. From The Hill:
“My reaction to that is ultimately the whole body including the executive branch has to sign on here or we’re just whistling in the wind,” Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said: “To be the law of the land, a bill has to pass the Senate and be signed by the president.”
Hours after the Cantor announcement, a House GOP Appropriations subcommittee chairman, Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), said he hadn’t heard about it. Told of the plan, he laughed and said: “If we can do that, can’t we just deem the budget balanced?”
See previous pieces on the Republican ‘Dream and Pass’ bill on The Gavel: