Is the new "Super Congress" Constitutional?

By:  Thomas R. Eddlem
08/04/2011
       
Is the new "Super Congress" Constitutional?

A number of  constitutionalists have warned that the new "Super Congress" — technically a joint committee of Congress — may be unconstitutional. The new entity will be created out of  the Obama-Boehner debt limit deal. "It smells," Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) told  Fox News  August 1. "I just don't understand why Congress is so willing to give up its responsibilities to 12 people.... It's a reflection that they don't have answers."

Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano  told Fox News August 1 that he thinks the law may be unconstitutional:

 

A number of  constitutionalists have warned that the new "Super Congress" — technically a joint committee of Congress — may be unconstitutional. The new entity will be created out of  the Obama-Boehner debt limit deal. "It smells," Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) told  Fox News  August 1. "I just don't understand why Congress is so willing to give up its responsibilities to 12 people.... It's a reflection that they don't have answers."

Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano  told Fox News August 1 that he thinks the law may be unconstitutional:

"Members of the Senate and members of the House have the opportunity under the Constitution to debate items that are sent to them and to modify items that are sent to them. To force them to vote just yes or know with no debate, not to follow the rules of the House, which permits amendments, not to follow the rules of the Senate, which permits a filibuster, is such a substantial removal of the authority the Constitution gave them that this legislation is treading in waters that might not be constitutional."

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Photo: Judge Napolitano on Fox News

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