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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 02:14 PM
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GOP Puts Guy Who Thinks Federal Child Labor Laws Are Unconstitutional On Senate Judiciary Committee
GOP Puts Guy Who Thinks Federal Child Labor Laws Are Unconstitutional On Senate Judiciary Committee
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/27/gop-child-labor/

Theres three things Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) likes in a sentence: a noun, a verb, and unconstitutional. Indeed, Lee has recently claimed that federal child labor laws, FEMA, food stamps, the FDA, Medicaid, income assistance for the poor, and even Medicare and Social Security violate the Constitution. Yet Senate Republicans have inexplicably chosen to put Lee on the very Senate committee that has jurisdiction over constitutional questions and the judiciary:

Aides said two Republicans, Sens. John Thune, R-S.D. and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and one Democrat, Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., will take seats on the Finance Committee. Freshman Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, will join the Senate Judiciary Committee and freshman Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D. and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are expected to win two of several open Appropriations Committee seats.

Placing Mike Lee in charge of overseeing the Constitution is a bit like putting Dick Cheney in charge of hunting and gun safety, yet the Senate GOP was so eager to put this radical tenther on the Judiciary Committee that it waived a rule prohibiting both of a states senators from serving on Judiciary in order to ensure Lees membership. Bizarrely, this move exposes a very real divide between Senate Republicans and the President. While President Obamas State of the Union Address specifically highlighted child labor laws as an example of the kind of commonsense safeguards that all Americans can embrace, the Senate GOP apparently sees no problem with Lees view that federal child labor laws cannot constitutionally exist.
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 02:23 PM
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1. Does he have any facts to back up his claims??
or does he get a pass
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