The president signed a bill that didn’t pass both the House and the Senate, and “anyone who has passed the sixth grade knows that before a bill can become law, both houses of Congress must approve it,” says Rep. John Conyers.
Eleven House Democrats said Thursday they would sue the Bush administration, alleging the $39 billion deficit-reducing legislation signed by the president is unconstitutional because the House and Senate failed to approve identical versions.
The lawsuit, led by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, was to be filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states by an Alabama attorney and a Florida-based student loan consulting firm.
“Once again the administration is playing fast and loose with the Constitution,” Conyers said. “Anyone who has passed the sixth grade knows that before a bill can become law, both Houses of Congress must approve it.”