The Unconstitutional 3rd Chamber of Congress

James Madison is known as the “Father of the Constitution.”  Specifically, he designed the Virginia Plan, which called for a bicameral (two chambers) legislative branch of the government.  James Madison, and Edmond Randolph (the man who officially put forth the idea at the Constitutional Convention) believed that it was important to have three separate branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial), and a system of checks and balances, to keep any one body from having too much power.

In the constitution, it decrees that only congress can put forth legislation, but either branch could do so.  In addition, it also gives the House of Representatives the ability to make amendments to the proposed legislation.  Also, the Senate is given the ability to filibuster.

When the politicians of the current government invented a debt ceiling crisis, who knew what they had in mind.  Now that they claimed to have designed a solution I can hear James Madison screaming from his grave, “Nooo!”

The result is a Super Congress.  A third legislative chamber, created by the hands of the Senate Majority Leader and the Speaker of the House, which sets new precedent for authority, in the future.

The Super Congress is a group of 12 individuals whose single duty is to write legislation.  Upon completion, the two houses of congress are not allowed to filibuster or make any changes to what the Super Congress has written.  The votes will be simple up or down (yes or no) votes.  Either the rest of congress agrees to the terms that the Super Congress comes up with, or there is no solution.  This takes the authority away from the rest of congress to create legislation on the topic.  Therefore, it keeps them from doing what they’re elected to do…legislate.

As a bonus, for the President of the United States, this debt deal also allows for the President to decide the next round of increase in the debt ceiling.  What’s more, if congress doesn’t like it, they need 2/3 of congress to stop him.  Where, as of right now, it would only require a simple majority, over ½, of congress to stop him.  This takes away from congress their constitutional authority to regulate monetary policy.

You have to wonder if the politicians currently in office have ever even heard about the Constitution.  Let alone, read it.  If they had ever heard of James Madison, and the Framers of the Constitution, would they have constructed such an abomination?

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