Letter: Shadegg's novel idea

Editor:

Every year since 1995 John Shadegg has introduced the "Enumerated Powers Act" in Congress. The legislation has never gotten more than 30-35 co-sponsors in the House and never a single sponsor in the Senate. The law "... would require Congress to reference the specific clause(s) of the U.S. Constitution that grant them the power ..." to enact specific laws.

What a novel idea! That our Congress would actually consider the Constitution when contemplating passing a new law might even require them to know or understand that great document. The lack of sponsors clearly indicates that the vast majority of our elected lawmakers consider the Constitution to be more of an impediment to their job than a guideline for their job description. The American people have been negligent in their hiring practices.

Jim Barber

Camp Verde

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