The state of Constitutional justification in the House of Representatives

To nobody’s surprise, the GOP promise to cite Constitutional authority for every bill turns out to have been a meaningless promise.

Now some Republicans aren’t worrying too much about it. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who introduced the NPR bill, filed a “Constitutional Authority Statement” that consisted entirely of six words: “Article I, Section 8, Clause 1.” For those of you scoring at home, that part of the Constitution allows Congress to “lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises.”

For what it’s worth, the Democrats haven’t embraced it, mostly just citing the Commerce Clause.

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