All I Want for Christmas is a 2nd Bill of Rights (Proposals #7, 8, and 9 (Sunset Provision, Line Item Veto, and Executive Accountability)
This is the seventh, eighth, and ninth proposals for new amendment to our Constitution I’m hoping Santa will magically bring me Christams morning in order to restore limits to our national government so that when I tell my kids with a straight face that two of the principles of our Constitution are limited government and federalism.
Proposal #7 – Statutory and Regulatory Expiration and Oversight
Section 1. All laws enacted by Congress and the Regulations and Orders made pursuant thereof by the Executive Department shall expire 10 Years from the Date they are enacted, and any law in effect longer than ten Years shall expire immediately after this Article becomes effective.
Each expired Law and the regulations and Orders made pursuant thereof must be reauthorzed individually, and no collective reauthorization of two or more of these Laws shall be permitted no matter the significant amendmends made to each.
Section 2. Whenever one third of the Senators or one third of the Members of the House of Representatives petition their respective House, to review an executive Order or Regulation made pursuant to a Law of Congress, the Congress shall have 90 days to review and affirm said Order or Regulation and by majority vote in each House, and if it fails to obtain this Affirmation, said Order or Regulation shall be Null and Void.
Section 3. This Article shall take effect 2 Years from the Day it is ratified.
Proposal #8 – Clarifying the Power to Tax and Reigning in Congressional Spending by Granting the President Limited Line-Item Veto
Section 1. The first Clause of the eighth Section of the first Article of this Constitution (the Commerce Clause) shall not be construed to empower the Congress to pay for anything not necessary and proper for carrying into execution the Powers enumerated in this Section.
Section 2. Whenever the total Amount of the public Debt of the United States at the close of any fiscal Year is greater than the total Amount of such Debt at the close of the preceding fiscal Year, each Representative in the House of Representatives and Senator in the Senate shall forfeit and repay to the United States any and all Payments they received from the United States in that Year that just closed and shall not receive any future Payments from the United States until there is no annual budget Deficit.
Section 3. Whenever the total Amount of the public Debt of the United States at the close of any fiscal Year is greater than the total Amount of such Debt at the close of the preceding fiscal Year, the President may (during the next annual Session of the Congress) in any Bill authorizing the withdrawal of Money from the Treasury, disapprove any Item of Appropriation, or reduce the Amount of any Item of Appropriation without disapproving the remaining Parts of the Bill, provided that no Amount of Money for the operation of the Congress or the Judiciary Department of the United States is affected and provided that the Grants to the several States remain proportional to the most recent Census, he may likewise disprove any such Item of Appropriation without disapproving the remaining Parts of the Bill.
Section 4. In the fore mentioned Case, if any Bill is approved by the President, any Item or Amount of any Item of Appropriation contained therein which is not disapproved shall become Law, while any Item or amount of any Item of Appropriation therein which is disapproved shall not become Law. In such cases he shall, in signing the Bill, designate any Item of Appropriation disapproved, note the Amount remaining of any Item reduced, and return a Copy of the same, with his Objections to the House of Representatives, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and may proceed to reconsider any disapproved or reduced Item of Appropriation; and any such Item of Appropriation shall become Law in the Manner prescribed in the Case of a Bill disapproved by the President.
Proposal #9 – Limiting the President’s Recess Appointment Power, and His Power of Clemency.
Section 1. Appointment made by the President to fill a Vacancy while the Senate is recessed must be confirmed by the Senate within 30 Days of the End of that Recess, or that Appointment shall be Null and Void and the Position shall be considered Vacant until it can be filled according to the Methods established in this Constitution.
If the Senate fails to confirm an Appointment made when the Senate is in Recess within 30 Days of the End of that Recess, then any rule, decision, or action made by that Appointee under the authority granted to that Position by the laws of the United States or this Constitution shall be Null and Void.
Section 2. Prior to being granted by the President, any Reprieve or Pardon for an Offence against the United States must be recommended by a Committee of the United States House of Representatives selected according to the Rules of the House of Representatives for the Purpose of recommending Reprieves and Pardons.