One would think the President of the United States to know the Constitution he takes an oath to uphold. Any bill that raises taxes must originate in the House (Article One, Section 7). Obama, playing politics as usual, is trying to paint the Republicans into a corner instead of trying to avoid a fiscal cliff he and the Democrats created. He wants the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats to pass a tax bill, which is unconstitutional. Wouldn’t a “constitutional scholar” know this?
From Yahoo News:
Following talks with congressional leaders that yielded no news of a “fiscal cliff” agreement, President Barack Obama on Friday evening pressured lawmakers to reach a deal this weekend as the public’s patience wears thin.
“America wonders why it is that in this town for some reason they can’t get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything always has to wait for the last minute,” Obama said during a statement delivered in the White House briefing room. “The American people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy, not right now.”
Wouldn’t be here if not for Obama’s economic policies and failure to cut the deficit in half as promised. This is what happens when your party (the Democrats) refuse to pass a budget for 3 years.
The president confirmed that following his Friday afternoon meeting with congressional leaders, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been tasked to reach an agreement to reduce the deficit and avoid the “fiscal cliff”—automatic spending cuts and tax increases set to go into effect Jan. 1.
But in the absence of a deal, Obama said he will “urge” Reid to “bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote” that would increase taxes on households earning more than $250,000, extend unemployment insurance and disarm a sequestration—provisions the president has supported.
Article One, Section 7 says this is unconstitutional since all bills that call for revenue must originate in the HOUSE.