Rand Paul proposes constitutional amendment to make laws applicable to Congress

If laws do not apply equally to Americans and members of the U.S. Congress, they shouldn’t be put on the books in the first place.

While this thought may seem commonsensical enough, it does not seem good enough for folks in Washington. The Affordable Care Act, for an instance, ensures that lawmakers continue to obtain federal employer contributions, which are destined to help them with their health insurance. The financial assistance that lawmakers and some Capitol Hill aides will continue to receive what amounts to an exemption from ObamaCare, which prompted Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) to act and ensure the legislative language is modified so that lawmakers are not exempt from the law.

To prevent this sort of thing from ever happening again, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) drafted a constitutional amendment that would assure Congress “shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.”

According to The Daily Caller, Senator Paul explained earlier in September that the amendment he was then working on was directed to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts: “If he likes Obamacare so much, I’m going to give him an amendment that gives Obamacare to Justice Roberts.”

The resolution has been introduced but it will require super majorities in both chambers of Congress in order to make its way to the states for ratification before it’s an official constitutional amendment. Senator Paul will now have to work to convince lawmakers they must give up on their authority to pass laws that do not apply equally to U.S. citizens, Congress members, the executive branch and the Supreme Court.

While Paul’s efforts may not turn out to be as rewarding as one would hope, the message is clear: Washington should not benefit politically and financially from laws on the books when Americans are the ones stuck with the bill and the consequences of laws written mainly to ensure that specific industries continue to profit.

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