Obama About To Get Dose of Con Law?

It appears that President Obama is about to get schooled in Constitutional Law by some GOP Senators.

six Republican Senators have been drafting legislation that may very well treat President Barack Obama to a dose of his own Constitutional law ‘medicine,’ before the end of next month.

Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota is leading a team of key Senators, which include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Richard Lugar (R-IN), David Vitter (R-LA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mike Johanns (R-NE), who are working on the measure to assume control of the permit approval process of the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil pipeline project, according to a Reuters article today.

Last November, President Obama put off having to make the permit decision for the pipeline until 2013, well past the upcoming November elections, with most not buying the “environmental concerns”, unless it includes his desire to assuage his environmental extremist voter base.

But, a hard-fought Republican provision in the very contentious bill granting the two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday–passed during the above mentioned ‘do nothing pro forma sessions’ of the Senate mentioned above–President Obama is forced either approve the permit, which would immediately create 20,000 high paying construction jobs, or give a formal statement as to why it is not in the interest of the country to permit it…by February 21, 2012.

And it’s a move that is legal per the Constitution of the United States.

Should President Obama prohibit his State Department from approving the permit, the measure would then provide a legal segue for the Senate to take up and vote on the question, as is unequivocally provided for in the U.S. Constitution–regardless of the decades of convention that has allowed the State Department to handle such matters.

Ryan Bernstein, an energy adviser to Hoeven, cited the powers given to Congress in the Constitution to regulate commerce with foreign nations.  “We believe that express authority in the Constitution gives Congress the ability to approve and move forward on such a project.”

Head over to the source to see why Republican Senators are making this move.

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6 thoughts on “Obama About To Get Dose of Con Law?

  1. The pipeline jobs creation number has been proven to be erroneous. It would produce about 6500 jobs, and many of them are not so good paying. The right-wing solution to our country’s ills is to destroy the environment and fire government workers. Those things will only serve to destroy our country. Why do you religious nuts hate our country so much?

  2. On the contrary Ben, conservatives are trying to save this country. The size of government needs to be reduced and while that it is unfortunate that people have to lose their jobs as a result. However the private sector has been dealing with such job reductions for years. As for destroying the environment, the Keystone pipeline doesn’t. And be it 20000 or 6500 or some other number of jobs, it still jobs which are needed. But that’s not the point of the article. The point of the article is that it’s within the Constitutional right of the Senate to regulate such commerce.

    • The size of government needs to be reduced and while that it is unfortunate that people have to lose their jobs as a result.

      Why, especially at this time of high unemployment?

  3. It’s fairly simple. Just like private employers in these tough economic times have had to make the tough decision to downsize, government needs to do the same. The current path is UNSUSTAINABLE.

    • Man, you religious nuts are some cold-hearted bastards. Many of these private employers are enjoying record profits during these tough economic times.

  4. Interesting how instead of making an argument that proves the pipeline is bad and how keeping government workers when government is too big you resort to name calling. While there are private employers who have been very successful, there are also many who are struggling in this economy. And many of those struggle are related to overburdensome regulations combined with paying to sustain an oversized government.

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