Rep. Bachmann: Tax Bill Violates Article 1, Section 7 of U.S. Constitution

December 15, 2010 - 7:00 PM

(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) told CNSNews.com that the tax bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday violates the U.S. Constitution.

“Article 1, section 7 says that all revenue bills originate in the House and that is our province and, of course, this originated in the Senate,” she told CNSNews.com in an interview Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

The House of Representatives  is expected to vote on the tax deal passed by the Senate on Thursday or Friday. The bill was the result of a deal cut between President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders.

Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution states: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.”

In a videotaped interview, Bachmann told CNSNews.com: “It’s a perfect example of what’s wrong in Washington, which is members of Congress not listening or reflecting [on] the Constitution or the role of the people. That’s why in January I’m starting new classes and seminars on the Constitution for members of Congress.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.)

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn) (Associated Press photo/Ron Edmonds)

Bachmann said Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin  Scalia has “graciously agreed” to speak at the first seminar on Jan. 24.

“During the hour prior to the first votes of the week, we’ll be meeting in the Capitol to study the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, [and] the Bill of Rights,” Bachmann told CNSNews.com.

“In other words, members of Congress will wrap their minds around these magnificent documents and, hopefully, that will inform us as to the limits of our jurisdiction and Congress will stop acting outside of the Constitution,” she said.

Bachmann’s office has confirmed to CNSNews.com that she will vote against the tax compromise.