Posted BY: Paul E. Scates

The Founding Fathers didn’t include a provision in the Constitution for the removal of federal officeholders once they are elected.  They assumed an informed electorate would ensure they didn’t elect such people.  But when the majority of Americans are so willfully politically ignorant and apathetic that they spend less time deciding on who to vote for than on what to have for lunch, the absence of such a provision becomes a real problem.

It would take volumes to detail the many instances where senators, congresscritters, and presidents of both parties knowingly, deliberately, and with utter contempt for the will of the electorate have betrayed not only their empty campaign promises but also their oaths of office to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, so I’ll just focus on the latest one: the congressional passage of the Omnibus Spending Bill for 2023.

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The Pew Research Center explains what’s supposed to happen: Per the 1974 Congressional Budget Act, the Senate and House Budget bills are supposed to be voted on by April 15 each year.  They are supposed to pass a series of separate bills funding various federal agencies/activities (e.g., for the past decade, the number of spending bills has been 12, one for each subcommittee of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, such as Agriculture, Defense, Labor, et al).  If those bills aren’t passed by September 30 (end of fiscal year), then Congress uses Continuing Resolutions (CRs) to temporarily fund the government.

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