It's Time For Congress To Do It's Job

U.S Constitution Article 1, Section 7:
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

It clearly states that ALL bills for raising revenue MUST ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Why the big hubbub over taxes and spending that is currently taking place between the White House and Speaker Of The House John Boehner? It is clear that Boehner & Co. in the House are not doing their constitutionally mandated job. Bills for raising revenue are not supposed to originate at the White House at all. The President can recommend certain things for Congress to consider but ultimately it is up to the House to act on and pass bills to fund our government. The American taxpayer is being short changed by Boehner and his cohorts. They should either do their job or face the wrath of the American voters in 2014.

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Nowhere In Article 2 of the Constitution that defines the power of the President does it state that it is the President's responsibility to formulate a budget. The only thing the President is supposed to do is decide whether or not to veto a bill passed by the Congress. It is then up to Congress, in the case of a veto, to attempt to override that veto. Then the President would have the ability to speak to the American public in order to ask them if they support Congress in the passage of the bill or the veto. The heat is therefore taken off the President and put on the Congress. If the American people decide they do not like the bill Congress has passed it would then be the public's responsibility to vote the members of Congress out of office, who supported the bill, at the next election. The American people deserve a government that obeys the Constitution and right now Boehner and friends are not doing that. It is time for them to do their job.

Section 7, Clause 3: Presidential veto

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

You're confused. Obama wants taxes to be raised (and has already done so to middle-class Americans via Obamacare) so he is pressuring Congress to do this. The majority in the House does not want to raise taxes (especially on the small-business job creators) and is refusing to send a bill to Obama that would do this. This is a good thing.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sallypipes/2012/12/25/in-2013-millions-of-am...

To pass a revenue bill. All the President can do is veto it. It is then the responsibility of Congress to override the veto if they can. If a measure formulated by the House is popular then people can contact the President to let him know they favor it and not to veto the bill. If Congress was truly acting in the best interests of the majority of Americans (and not the rich) there should be no problem with gaining popular support for revenue legislation.

As far as Obamacare, the President did not raise taxes to finance Obamacare, the Congress passed it. Congress voted to both implement and finance Obamacare. The President backed it but he had no authority to make it law. Congress did.

The GOP keeps saying no new taxes but how is that working out? There will be no money to fund the FAA (security, air traffic controllers) thanks to the sequester. Defense jobs will be lost in heavily RED states. It will be more difficult for people to travel by air and people who lose their job thanks to the sequester are going to be a little upset with their member of Congress when it comes time to vote. Obama does not have to stand for reelection but 435 members of the House will have to. So who stands the most to lose here Obama or Congress?

What it all boils down to is the people will be made to suffer while Congress keeps on collecting their hefty pay and enjoying all of their medical benefits and other perks of office. Obama knows he's out of their on January 20, 2017, but members of Congress may end up out of there sooner than they think.

The sequester was 0bama's idea.
It's not even a cut in spending. It's a cut in the annual increase in spending. The Republicans tried to put together a bill that would give 0bama the exclusive power to make the spending cuts wherever he wanted them. He threatened to veto any such bill.

He is such a pathetic pussy he doesn't WANT that responsibility. He wants to be able to place them blame anywhere but himself. He is the most ball less excuse for a president ever.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

So Congressional Republicans wanting to give up their constitutional authority to dictate spending and cuts to the President is OK, but Obama telling them to do their job makes him a pussy?

Doesn’t matter anyway, the majority of Senate Republicans won’t go for it.

http://cdn.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/02/27/Senate-Republicans-Dr...

The article states clearly what I was saying, Congress is ducking and dodging instead of doing their job. John McCain puts it clearly: “Congress has a constitutional responsibility to authorize and appropriate for the nation’s security,” McCain said. “And why give that responsibility over to the president of the United States- and that renders us not just ineffective but irrelevant.” "Ineffective and irrelevant" is what this Congress has become. We do not live in a dictatorship where the President makes all the decisions. Money spending decisions belong to the popularly elected members of Congress.

The Constitution says Congress has the power to implement and collect taxes.

What it doesn't say is that they HAVE to raise taxes. Authority and need are two separate things.

MikeyA

Sarge quotes the Constitution but does not understand it.

We should expect that from such a rabid Carty supporter.

MikeyA

I'm coming to the conclusion you hate everybody. Just think how many positive things you could accomplish if you used that hate energy to do good things.

ZC

ZC,

Sarge is a Opal Covey supporter and posts on here intermittently inciteful things to attempt to start an argument.

When you're an active member of this community for longer than a month you'll get that.

MikeyA

I will reply to your nonsense Mikey. Which is it, "rabid Carty supporter" or "Opal Covey supporter"? You seem to not be able to make up what I assume you would call (incorrectly) your mind. By the way, who's on here causing problems all the time? YOU.

Lol

Lol just fishing here and today they are biting.

MikeyA

From this website- http://nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/federal-b...
Also explained here- http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=155

The Constitution designates the “power of the purse” as a function of Congress.1 That includes the authority to create and collect taxes and to borrow money as needed. The Constitution does not, however, specify how Congress should exercise these powers or how the budgeting process should work. Nor does the Constitution specify a role for the president in managing the nation’s finances.

As a result Congress has established a process that has evolved over time. Over the course of the twentieth century, Congress passed key laws that shaped the budgeting process into what it is today, and formed the federal agencies—including the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, and the Congressional Budget Office—that provide oversight and research crucial to creating the budget.2

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