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