Hat tip to Pat Slattery at The Free Market Project for this breaking news from Hot Air. Take alook at this and please read both articles.

Apparently, no one told Harry Reid to check Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution before passing S510, the food-safety bill that Democrats hailed as a major lame-duck session achievement earlier this week — and which ran afoul of their own party in the House.  Section 107 of the bill raises taxes, and as any Constitutional scholar can attest — or anyone else who has actually read the document that Senators swore to uphold when taking office — only the House of Representatives has that power:

A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.

By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides.

The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.

Section 107 of the bill includes a set of fees that are classified as revenue raisers, which are technically taxes under the Constitution. According to a House GOP leadership aide, that section has ruffled the feathers of Ways and Means Committee Democrats, who are expected to use the blue slip process to block completion of the bill.

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15 thoughts on “GREAT NEWS _ S510 MAY BE DEAD IN THE WATER

  1. Amen and hallelujah. Those folks done went and outsmarted themselves with their own rules. This is good news, Jim. Thanks for letting us know.

  2. This is great news! If people like you and I know that tax and revenue bills must start in the House how come members of the Senate don’t realize it! This is doubly good because not only does it kill S520 but it also embarrasses Harry Reid!

  3. The fact that taxation bills can only originate in the House is something you learn in 7th grade Civics class.

    Harry Reid, you officially suck at…well…everything.

  4. Amazing. I don’t agree that this was a mistake, unless it was in bad judgment. I can’t believe of all the politicos and government officials involved in writing a bill that none of them knew nor mentioned that raising revenue can’t originate in the Senate – so they must have thought the House would play along.

    There might be a little power struggle going on here. In someway, a backroom deal fell through and Harry Reid is getting egg on his face by design – this fiasco was planned by House Democrats.

    1. That is an angle I hadn’t considered. I believe bills are written by staff members of the sponsoring, in this case, Senators. Maybe like Obamacare, They didn’t read it thoroughly read it. Either way I love it. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

  5. These Dems also wrote ObamaCare, sans a severability clause.

    It’s looking par for the course for the dems, which I wholly appreciate.


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