[Congressional Record Volume 157, Number 46 (Friday, April 1, 2011)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E603]
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                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                         HON. LAURA RICHARDSON

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 1, 2011

  Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Speaker, I was unavoidably delayed and my vote 
was not recorded on rollcall No. 213. Had I been present I would have 
voted ``no'' for the following reasons:
  1. The underlying bill, H.R. 1255 is unconstitutional because it 
violates Article 1, Section 7, Clause 2 of the Constitution which 
states ``Every bill which shall have passed the House of 
Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be 
presented to the President of the United States.''
  2. The underlying bill will ``deem'' H.R. 1 as signed into law, which 
waives the constitutional requirement of having legislation pass both 
the House and the Senate and signed by the President before it becomes 
a law.
  3. H.R. 1 is a reckless bill that destroys jobs, slashes critical 
funding for education, homeland security, and public health.
  4. This violates section 426(a) of the Congressional Budget Act by 
imposing an unfunded mandate.