One Branch of Government

"The House will not take up an emergency supplemental spending bill for Katrina and the war in Iraq that spends one dollar more than what the president asks for," said House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. "Period." (USA Today, Updated 5/4/2006 9:08 PM ET)

This is an interesting commentary on what the role of the House of Representatives is in the US form of government.

Good Government would think that the Congress makes its determination of what programs are in need of emergency funding and submits that to the President for his/her approval. But this statement turns that around. This statement says that the President dictates what will be paid for and how much will be paid, and the Congress takes an "up or down" vote.

Mr. Boehner should take a lesson in civics — or maybe replay Schoolhouse Rock’s "I’m Just A Bill".

 

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