Eric Cantor needs to watch Schoolhouse Rock again

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I am so glad Taegan pointed this out. I read the Cantor's quote today in the L.A. Times and scratched my head, tsk-tsked, WTF'd, and rolled my eyes all at the same time:

"What this bill says is it reiterates again the deadline, and that the Senate should act before the deadline, and that's what the American people are expecting. The bill then says if the Senate does not act, then H.R. 1 [the House-passed bill] will be the law of the land."

-- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), quoted by the Washington Post, forgetting that bills -- even symbolic ones -- cannot become law without also passing the Senate and getting the President's signature.

And this is someone who is instrumental in getting bills passed. This is an elected representative of the people. This is a guy voters trust. Maybe they should remind Eric to take a look at this.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZTATJGMAKE7C6EJFVNTEZTIJX4 James

    There used to be principled and reasonable conservsatives in this country. But they are long gone, replaced now with arrogant, uncompromising thugs whose jackboot tactics are a a disgrace to this nation.

    "When facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
    --Sinclair Lewis

  • Anonymous

    This is embarrassing not only for America, but for its citizens. It's no wonder that when I interact with Europeans/Canadians/Australians online they always ask the question, "WHAT is going on in America with the conservatives?"

  • Anonymous

    The US Constitution requires that bills must pass BOTH US House of Representatives and the US Senate in exactly the same language then be signed by the President before they become law, in fact the President's signing ceremonies are just that the final act of making a law.

    But then, this is just a rule, and we all know Eric subscribes to the old adage "Rules? Rules? Rules are for FOOLS!!"

  • Anonymous

    The US Constitution requires that bills must pass BOTH US House of Representatives and the US Senate in exactly the same language then be signed by the President before they become law, in fact the President's signing ceremonies are just that the final act of making a law.

    But then, this is just a rule, and we all know Eric subscribes to the old adage "Rules? Rules? Rules are for FOOLS!!"

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    Didn't the new GOP congress spend the first three days of their session reading the Constitution? Eric must've been asleep when they got to that part . . .

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GELCBWDWCGV4Q2AAPS44ERKWOI DSG

    (singing quietly to myself)
    I'm just a bill, yes I'm only a bill, and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill....

  • Vandenburg

    Cool, then all of the bills passed in the last House session that were not acted on by the Senate can be law too? Cantor is just pushing false belief on to the Tparty so they will believe it to be true. How I wish it was 2012 already so these buffoons can be put back into minority status.

  • http://twitter.com/BoomerJack Jack M. Boardman

    "Bill? Meet Cantor; SCHOOL HIM!"