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Bentivolio Announces First Bill Co-Sponsorship

The Republican congressman, who represents Plymouth and Canton, says the Enumerated Powers Act 'holds Congress accountable' for upholding the Constitution.

On Tuesday, Republican Congressman Kerry Bentivolio co-sponsored his first bill, the Enumerated Powers Act (H.R. 109).

Bentivolio represents the new 11th Congressional District, which includes Plymouth and Canton.

According to a press release, the bill requires Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws.

“I am proud that the first bill I am co-sponsoring holds Congress accountable for its highest duty of upholding the Constitution,” Bentivolio said. “I was sent to Congress to protect our rights, not take them away. If this bill is enacted, it will act as a safeguard against unconstitutional legislation.”

In 2011, the House adopted a new rule requiring that a Constitutional Authority Statement is attached to each bill or resolution in the House. The purpose was to provide the authority given to Congress to pass a law, the press release indicated.

In December 2012, the Republican Study Committee found that many members of Congress were providing incomplete statements or simply citing the preamble.

The Enumerated Powers Act, introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, seeks to strengthen the Constitutional Authority Statement by requiring a concise and definite statement of authority, according to the release. Members of Congress will be able to hold their colleagues accountable for their oath to uphold the Constitution by calling for a “point of order” on inadequate or flawed statements.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Bruce January 17, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Good luck getting this one through..
Brad Jensen January 17, 2013 at 08:12 PM
And this solves what problem? We have the Supreme Court to decide if legislation is unconstitutional.
Bruce January 17, 2013 at 08:21 PM
It won't solve anything except serve as a reminder that 435 reps made an oath (regardless if their fingers were crossed behind their backs when they made their oath). There were only a few reps out of 435 that actually applied the constitution while voting on all legislation. So, good luck with the SCOTUS deciding what is constitutional or unconstitutional.
Brad Jensen January 17, 2013 at 08:56 PM
If not SCOTUS, then who?
Bruce January 17, 2013 at 09:02 PM
I was being somewhat sarcastic...sorry... The fact is that they (SCOTUS) take on very few cases...and I feel some are not qualified to be on the SC...IMO.
Brad Jensen January 17, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Which has nothing to do with this useless bill.

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