During the first 30 days of a new Congress house members may petition for any act signed into law during the previous Congress be given a re-vote. Any such act receiving a number of requests equal to half the number of house members plus one must be submitted for a re-vote in the House during the second 30 days of the new Congress. No House rules may prevent the re-vote once the requisite number of requests have been submitted. For the law to be overturned the House votes to undo the law must exceed the House votes that previously passed the law, and must be a majority vote.
Any legislation signed into law after October 16th of an election year may be extended one additional Congress under the same rules.
I have submitted that to the White House petition board to try and get the word out and discussion happening. I am very interested to hear your opinion on the idea. The basic idea is that the House is the only chamber that can reflect the current political will of the people after every election. They are the body where the electorate can decide to change direction with every election. I am not proposing any changes to how laws are passed. I am only looking for a plausible way to let the people stop the government when they stop listening to the people who cast the votes.
For clarification, the ACA passed with 219 votes in the house. Under this Amendment the next congress could have repealed it with 220 votes. If it had passed with 300 votes it would have taken 301 votes to undo it. If a law was passed with less than 50% of the votes then it takes at least 50% + 1 representatives to undo it. If a bill is signed into law on or before October 16th of an election year then the only opportunity to use this power lies with the next congress. A bill signed into law after the 17th and before the next Congress can be stopped with the next Congress or the following one. That prevents a lame duck congress from bypassing the safety net that this provides.
What are your thoughts on this? I think this would be a valuable addition to our Constitution.
I have posted this on the White House petition site in hopes of garnering some attention to the ides. The signatures it has recieved are a testament to the power of that mechanism. If you want to endorse it there you can find it at this link.... http://wh.gov/SHwt Unfortunately you have to create a profile to vote, which in light of this administration's actions toward political opponents is a risky affair.