Coburn Bill to Force Congress to 'Pay Attention' to Constitution

Thursday, 01 Aug 2013 01:02 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Sen. Tom Coburn said Thursday his colleagues in the Senate and House "don't pay attention" to the U.S. Constitution, and that he has a bill in the Senate to address the issue.

Coburn, along with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, introduced the Enumerated Powers Act of 2013, which would require that each act of Congress "contain a concise explanation of the specific authority in the Constitution" that is the basis for its enactment.

The measure "has 35 co-sponsors, but there's not one Democrat on there," the Oklahoma Republican said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"All it says is when you're going to pass a bill justify it by relating to the Constitution where you get the power to do that," Coburn said. "We wouldn't be $17 trillion in debt if we actually followed the constitution. What our founders set is a very limited government."

Coburn said, "We really lack leadership. And what we have is selfish desires for political power, rather than thoughtful consideration about what's in the best long-term interest of our country as a whole, and what are we putting at risk when we don't have the leadership that redirects us to think long term and also think in terms of limited government."


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Zuckerberg-Backed Group Plans Ads Against Rep. King

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 11:08 AM

A Mark Zuckerberg-supported pro-immigration group plans an ad campaign against Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa for sa . . .

'Outsider' Clawson Leading in Florida GOP House Primary

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 10:53 AM

As Tuesday's Republican primary in Florida's 19th Congressional District draws closer, the momentum is with Curt Clawson . . .

Ben Carson PAC Outraises 2016 GOP Hopefuls and Hillary

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 06:09 AM

If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 20 . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved