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GOP Educating Members About New Constitutionality Rule

Tom Williams/Roll Call

Some Democrats questioned the need for the new requirement.

“Why?” asked Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), a Rules Committee member. “It sounds like a lot of extra work and extra documentation to deal with a problem that doesn’t really exist.”

McGovern said the question of constitutionality is usually left to the Supreme Court, and legislative counsels usually alert Members if a bill violates a part of the Constitution.

“People around here do pay attention to the Constitution and do act within the Constitution and have great admiration and respect for the Constitution,” he said. “It sounds like what they’re doing is a gimmick and you know, that’s fine. They are going to be in charge and can do all the gimmicks they want.”

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