To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.

104th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2270

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 6, 1995

Mr. SHADEGG introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


A BILL

To require Congress to specify the source of authority under the United States Constitution for the enactment of laws, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SPECIFICATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR ENACTMENT OF LAW.

(a) CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY - This Act is enacted pursuant to the power granted Congress under Article I, section 8, clause 18, of the United States Constitution.
(b) IN GENERAL - Chapter 2 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 102 the following new section:
`Sec. 102a. Constitutional authority clause
`(a) A constitutional authority clause shall follow the enacting clause of any Act of Congress or the resolving clause of any joint resolution. The constitutional authority clause shall be in the following form (with appropriate modifications and appropriate matter inserted in the blanks):
`This Act (or resolution) is enacted pursuant to the power(s) granted to the Congress under Article(s) _______ section(s) _______, clause(s) _______ of the United States Constitution.'.
`(b) A similar clause shall precede the first title, section, subsection or paragraph, and each following title, section, subsection or paragraph to the extent the later title, section, subsection or paragraph relies on a different article, section, or clause of the Constitution from the one pursuant to which the first title, section, subsection or paragraph is enacted.'.
(c) TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENT - The table of sections for chapter 2 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 102 the following:
`102a. Constitutional authority clause.'.