When Harry Reid asked a CNN reporter — he thought rhetorically — what “right” the House has to “pick and choose what to fund,” the answer should have come back immediately from the GOP: Constitutional. And then they should have sent over a copy of the Constitution for Reid to look over.
Apparently most of the Congressional GOP haven’t read the Constitution. Even though it was passed nearly two and a half centuries ago, they still haven’t found out what’s in it.
As an example, RINO Doug Mataconis (not a congressman, thank God) responds:
The answer to that question, of course, is that Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution states that all appropriations must be approved by Congress and, as David Freddoso notes in the linked article, as one of the two Houses of Congress, the House of Representatives certainly has a right to have a voice in appropriations.
Of course, if Mataconis had actually read his cite for comprehension, he would have found this:
Article 1, Section 7 (not 9, but Mataconis is both a lawyer and a well-known idiot):
All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.
Got that, moron? The Senate concurs or amends, but the House originates.
In other words, only the House may pick, choose, or do whatever else it likes as far as the origination of spending goes.
And Barrycade Obama has no powers beyond the veto in spending at all. He’s illegally usurped some Congressional powers, but that’s only because Congress doesn’t have the cojones to rein him in.