Sen. Rand Paul's Constitutional Amendment Requires Congress Obey Laws

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
10/23/2013
       
Sen. Rand Paul's Constitutional Amendment Requires Congress Obey Laws

Senator Rand Paul has proposed a constitutional amendment that would require federal officials to live by the laws they pass.

On October 21, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), shown on left, announced his introduction of S.J. Res. 25, a constitutional amendment that would prevent Congress from exempting themselves from the mandates they impose on their constituents. 

Paul’s proposed amendment states: "Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress." Under applicable provisions of the measure, the executive and judicial branches of the federal government would likewise be subject to all laws passed by the legislature.

Revelations of the subsidies granted to Congress under ObamaCare are the obvious impetus for Paul’s proposal.

As has been widely reported, ObamaCare requires federal officials to enter the healthcare exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act, but offsets the cost of these medical insurance plans by the continuing contribution of the federal government to the purchase of the policies.

When laws do not apply to the lawmakers, we have entered an era of despotism. The choking grip of this type of tyranny is tightened when the people are forced to pay for the lawmakers’ exemptions.

This is the situation facing citizens of the United States of America in the age of ObamaCare. Federal employees — be they congressmen or judges — are to be spared the economic ravages of the president’s hallmark healthcare act. Each of these “public servants” will receive subsidies aimed at offsetting the cost of complying with the myriad mandates of ObamaCare.

After these subsidies were made known, Senator David Vitter (R-La.) offered a bill that would have eliminated these exemptions. Vitter is pursuing several options to enact his effort to make congressmen live under the laws they pass.

“This is really about fairness, making sure that Washington is forced to live under the same train wreck of Obamacare that is forced on the rest of America,” Vitter said in a press release. “It will take the policy makers in Washington walking in the same shoes as the millions of Americans to actually make real policy changes, and clean up the train wreck.”

Senator Paul is carrying the cause into new territory by trying to alter the Constitution.

“My amendment says basically that everybody including Justice Roberts — who seems to be such a fan of ObamaCare — gets it too,” Paul told the online Daily Caller during a phone interview from Michigan, where, the article reports, he recently won a 2016 presidential straw poll.

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