GOP resolution: Healthcare law violates Constitution for not originating in the House

But if the law is a revenue measure, the resolution finds, it is one that violates Article I, Section 7, Clause 1 of the Constitution. That clause states simply, "All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives."

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The resolution then briefly outlines the history of the healthcare law, which was introduced in the Senate as an amendment to an unrelated bill, H.R. 3590, the Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act. The Senate amendment introduced 17 revenue provisions as part of the health law, which the GOP resolution says were not germane to the original bill.

It then finds simply that the healthcare law was a bill for raising revenue, as defined by the Constitution, and that "the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009 did not originate in the House of Representatives."

Sponsors of the resolution are Reps. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGOP women push Trump on VP pick Overnight Healthcare: Senate making headway on Zika funding Republicans, Dems battle over new documents in fetal tissue probe MORE (R-Tenn.), Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.), Trent FranksTrent FranksJohn Bolton PAC pours more cash into GOP campaigns Anti-abortion groups grit teeth and brace for Trump Skies darken for GOP budget MORE (R-Ariz.), Andy Harris (R-Md.), Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.).

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