Tuesday, December 16, 2014

An Act of War Against Russia Passed The U.S. House in One Second (Literally!)

By Chris Rossini

That's right...an act of war passes in single second these days.

Not that a debate (or even reading the bill) would make the sanctions right. It wouldn't. But Congress doesn't even bother with the entertainment value.

Dennis Kucinich has the details at The Ron Paul Institute:
Under a parliamentary motion termed “unanimous consent,” legislative rules can be suspended and any bill can be called up. If any member of Congress objects, the motion is blocked and the bill dies.

At 10:23:54 p.m. on Thursday, a member rose to ask “unanimous consent” for four committees to be relieved of a Russia sanctions bill. At this point the motion, and the legislation, could have been blocked by a single member who would say “I object.”  No one objected, because no one was watching for last-minute bills to be slipped through.

Most of the House and the media had emptied out of the chambers after passage of the $1.1 trillion government spending package.

The Congressional Record will show only three of 425 members were present on the floor to consider the sanctions bill. Two of the three feigned objection, creating the legislative equivalent of a ‘time out.’ They entered a few words of support, withdrew their “objections” and the clock resumed.

According to the clerk’s records, once the bill was considered under unanimous consent, it was passed, at 10:23:55 p.m., without objection, in one recorded, time-stamped second, unanimously.

Then the House adjourned.
Take note historians of the future.....this was the American Empire in action.

Chris Rossini is author of Set Money Free: What Every American Needs To Know About The Federal Reserve. Follow @chrisrossini on Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. Time for the states to switch from nullifying gun control to nullifying Federal war making capability. No support for sanctions.