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Schumer – Take It Or Leave It

Sen. Chuck Schumer has decided he, not the Constitution, should be final arbiter as to whether states take the stimulus money or not:

“No one would dispute that these governors should be given the choice as to whether to accept the funds or not. But it should not be multiple choice.”

So he sent a letter to the OMB Director, Peter Orszag in which he said:

As you know, Section 1607(a) of the economic recovery legislation provides that the Governor of each state must certify a request for stimulus funds before any money can flow. No language in this provision, however, permits the governor to selectively adopt some components of the bill while rejecting others. To allow such picking and choosing would, in effect, empower the governors with a line-item veto authority that President Obama himself did not possess at the time he signed the legislation.

Well, Chuckie, no language in there says they must accept it all either. And, btw, many governors do enjoy line item vetoes.

And then there’s that pesky 10th amendment.

~McQ

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One Response to Schumer – Take It Or Leave It

  • That a US senator seeks to dictate to the governors of the several states what they should and should not do is both disgusting and frightening.

    Get ready, kids: if you think that the democrat filth aren’t going to dictate to you down the road, you’ve got another think coming:

    “If you want ‘free’ healthcare, you MUST meet our requirements including BMI, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.  If you fail to meet these requirements, you must enter a government-monitored program and show progress toward meeting them.  Failure to do so will result in fines and loss of medical coverage.”

    “If you want a certificate to operate a carbon-generating device for industrial purposes, you must meet the following requirements regarding emissions, employee pay and benefits, union membership, etc.  Failure to do so will result in denial of certification, fines, and possible imprisonment.”

    Etc, etc.