U.S. Senator Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo.,cosponsored the Enumerated Powers Act of 2013 with 34 other senators.

The Enumerated Powers Act of 2013 :

1) Requires each act of Congress, bill, resolution, conference report and amendment to “contain a concise explanation of the specific authority in the Constitution” that is the basis for its enactment.

2) States any legislation that abolishes a federal activity, spending, or overall power may cite the 9th or 10th Amendments to the Constitution, which both state that there are rights reserved for the people and states which the federal government may not infringe on.

3) Prohibits the use of the Commerce Clause, except for “the regulation of the buying and selling of goods or services, or the transporting for those purposes, across boundaries with foreign nations, across state lines, or with Indian tribes…”

4) Allows a point of order to be raised in either house of Congress for bills that fail to cite constitutional authority.

5) Cites the constitutional authority to enact the Enumerated Powers Act, which falls under Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the Constitution, allowing each house to determine the rules of its proceedings.


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