Steve Stockman is at it again. With conservative news sources hailing the likes of Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, not many are noticing the brash Constitutional Congressman from Texas’ 36th District. Let’s not forget that this is the same man who exposed the Obama anti-gun campaign for using fake spambots just over a month ago.
In a press release from April 2, 2013 Stockman vows to declare the proposed Senate gun ban (s.649) “dead on arrival.” Stockman is proposing the use of a “blue slip” which is defined by Wikipedia as follows:
“In the House, it refers to the rejection slip given to Senate tax and spending bills that have not originated in the House in the first place, per the House’s interpretation of the Origination clause.”
“The Democrat gun ban is dead on arrival. I will introduce in the House a blue slip resolution that will automatically kill the Senate gun ban,” said Stockman. “Not only are Democrats on the wrong side of public opinion, they are on the wrong side of the Constitution. You can’t strip Americans of their gun rights, and you certainly can’t do it by having the Senate create a national tax on firearms. They are in violation of constitutional limits on federal power.”
Stockman’s release elaborates on the Constitutional issues in great detail:
“Blue slip resolutions are immediately considered as a matter of constitutional privilege, are debatable for an hour and are not subject to amendment.
Senate Democrats took three anti-gun bills (S. 374, S. 54 and S. 146) and quickly rammed them through the Judiciary Committee without even a committee report, then combined them into one bill (S. 649.) The bill includes language mandating a fee for background checks for all private transfers of firearms. Similar legislation has been construed by the Supreme Court to be a tax. By introducing a bill imposing a new tax through the Senate, Democrats have violated constitutional mandates and the bill is automatically invalid.
According to The Heritage Foundation, S.649 imposes a new tax by forcing individuals to pay for background checks when selling or giving away a firearm. The mandate to use the National Instant Criminal Background Check System does not provide a service to the buyer or seller but to the government, making it a tax.
Additionally, the Supreme Court ruled last year in NFIB v. Sebelius that mandating citizens to pay for a service can be construed to be a tax, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion expanding the federal definition of a tax.”
The D.C. Clothesline applauds Steve Stockman for again standing tall for the Constitution. He may not get as much press time as “The Three Musketeers” of the Senate, but Stockman has proven to be every bit as tenacious, and probably more. The 36th District should be very proud of Steve Stockman.
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