Amnesty: The good news?

Have they gotten “caught trying to sneak an illegal bill past the Constitution’s borders?”

Those who are intent on giving away our nation might be stymied in their attempt if Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, is correct.

U.S. Rep. Camp says the senate’s amnesty bill (S. 744) is unconstitutional because only bills originating in the House can raise revenues. The Senate has not officially transmitted S. 744 to the House yet but Camp’s statement implies he will move to prevent the House from taking up the bill when that occurs.

The U.S. Constitution provides that “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” To implement this provision, the House developed a procedure called a “Blue Slip” to kill any revenue-raising bill that originates in the Senate. The House can pass a resolution providing for a blue slip but, as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Camp has the ability to issue one himself. On July 10th the official House Ways and Means Committee Twitter account tweeted “Chairman Camp: Senate immigration bill a revenue bill; unconstitutional and cannot be taken up by the House.”

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) had been pushing House members to support a blue slip should the Senate transmit S. 744. In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent Members, Stockman noted that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had not sent the bill to the House and concluded that the reason was fear of a blue slip.

Stockman wrote, “Even Harry Reid now admits the Senate’s amnesty bill is unconstitutional and cannot become law…By creating their own amnesty taxes Senate Democrats broke the rules. Senate Democrats were so hell-bent on ramming through a gift to radical political activists they didn’t bother to check if it was even legal….They got caught trying to sneak an illegal bill past the Constitution’s borders.”

Stockman pointed to Section 2102 of the bill, which “requires the payment of certain taxes and forgives the payment of other taxes as a condition of receiving amnesty and other benefits.” The Congressional Budget Office’s assessment of the bill also notes “enacting S. 744 would have a wide range of effects on federal revenues, including changes in collections of income and payroll taxes, certain visa fees that are classified as revenues, and various fines and penalties. Taken together, those effects would increase revenues by $459 billion over the 2014-2023 period, according to estimates by JCT and CBO.”

The Senate bill violates Article 1 Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution due to the imposition of fees, penalties and tax rules.

Breitbart has more here.


6 Responses to Amnesty: The good news?

  1. Doc says:

    TONS-0-$$ spent shovin’ this mess thru th’ Senate by OUR ?senators? & they KNEW it was un-Constitutional! Th’ “take-away” is that THEY DO NOT CARE!!

  2. eubykdisop says:

    The facts presented in the above SRAZ article explain why Boehner is following the strategy that he is in the House.

    If the Republican controlled House passes their own “immigration reform” legislation then there would ultimately be a House/Senate conference to reconcile House and Senate bills into one measure. So, what’s the rub with that?

    The rub is that it is Reid in the Senate and Boehner in the House who choose which members of Congress will be part of the House/Senate conference. Obviously, this gives Boehner the opportunity to hand pick Republicans who support amnesty!

    What comes out of the House/Senate conference goes to the House and to the Senate for a vote BUT it’s an “up or down” vote. No amendments are permitted!

    That would put House Republicans in the position of passing some sort of “immigration reform” or passing no “immigration reform” at all. Under that kind of pressure, it is likely that some Republicans on the edge would cave and, of course, there are already House Republicans who support amnesty.

    Given the fact that the “Hastert rule”, requiring a majority of the majority party to pass House legislation, is not a formal, codified rule, amnesty legislation could be passed with a majority of House Democrats and a minority of House Republicans!

    The question is, would you buy a used car from John Boehner?

    • East Valley PC says:

      No, I would not buy either a new or used car from Boehner. The question is, would you buy one from John McCain or Jeff Flake who aready sold us out on the senate side.

      It’s not just Boehner. We have two Democrat-colluding slimeballs in the US Senate who are supposedly representing Arizona. Meanwhile the state GOP chairman remains silent. I’d like to know his actual views on illegals and amnesty. From his silence on the issue, I suspect he’s not an “enforcement” guy.
      I voted for him and have had more than second thoughts since January.

  3. Delilah says:

    The Tea Parties, grass roots and Constitutionalist need to keep calling their Congressman and tell them no bill until our laws are enforced. We already have a border bill passed 6 years ago to build the fence. Oh another law not enforced. Stop these decievers and dump Boehner.

    • LD 18 Committeeman says:


      Congressman David Schweikert DC Phone: (202) 225-2190 / Local: (480) 946-2411

      Congressman Matt Salmon DC Phone: (202) 225-2635 / Local: (480) 699-8239

      Congressman Paul Gosar DC Phone: (202) 225-2315 / Local: (928) 445-1683

      Congressman Trent Franks DC Phone: (202) 225-4576 / Local: (623) 776-7911

    • Kimball says:

      You keep getting it wrong. Call Congress and and tell them no amnesty. PERIOD!! I regret the insult, but you sound a whole lot like McCain, who used to say “Secure the border FIRST.” My response as I yelled at the TV screen was “FIRST before what?”

      The undeniable answer is always the same: Amnesty!!