Original Meaning of the Origination Clause, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, January 13, 2016   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the January 13, 2016 hearing "The Original Meaning of the Origination Clause" held before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Chairman Trent Franks: "I have called today's hearing to examine the roots of the Origination Clause, its original meaning and purpose, and to see where the Origination Clause stands today after 225 years after the Great Compromise. I am concerned that over time the original meaning of the clause has been set aside, and the protections the clause affords to American taxpayers have been severely eroded. Instead of a robust check on the Federal Government over the people, I am troubled that the clause has become a mere formality in practice, a formality that may be dispensed with as easily as the Senate taking any bill that originated in the House and striking the entire text of the bill and replacing it with a 'bill for raising revenue no matter how nongermane the Senate's amendment is to the House original passed measure.'" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Trent Franks, Steve Cohen, Bob Goodlatte, Todd F. Gaziano, Elizabeth B. Wydra, Paul D. Kamenar, and John Conyers, Jr.

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Serial No. 114-54; Serial Number 114-54
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