Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Law of the Land

Yesterday the House Republicans put forth a bill aimed at preventing the government from shutting down next Friday. And in the spirit of efficiency, they declared that since they had passed the bill, it was now the law of the land.

Lawmakers spent the afternoon debating H.R. 1255, also known as the “Government Shutdown Prevention Act.” House Republicans came up with this ridiculous plan a few days ago — if policymakers fail to reach a budget deal by April 8, the House-passed spending cuts would magically become law, because Republicans say so, and would keep the government open in the process.

The Senate already considered and rejected the House bill, but GOP leaders decided that doesn’t really matter. As House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) put it, the House Republican plan would become “the law of the land” — even without Senate approval or the president’s signature — if the government shuts down, and if the House approves the “Government Shutdown Prevention Act.”

That’s not exactly how it works. Let’s let Schoolhouse Rock explain it for them.

Hope that helps.