Sheila Jackson Lee calls for ‘martial law’ to end shutdown

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, raised a few eyebrows Monday when she suggested using “martial law” as a means to pass the clean continuing resolution that would put an end to the partial government shutdown.

“It’s something called a continuing resolution,” Lee said, “but it’s a bill that you put on the floor that has been passed already by Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate… Republican and Democratic senators have already voted for this clean bill that we could vote on today. We have martial law. What that means, and my colleagues know what it means, is that you can put a bill on in just minutes.”

Americans immediately had thoughts of armed soldiers and tanks patrolling streets across the land.

Apparently, though, “martial law” is actually an obscure term for fast-track legislation, a “same-day rule” that would allow Congress to pass a bill, oftentimes without reading it, according to a discussion about it in a 2002 Congressional Record from the House of Representatives.

Paul Joseph Watson, from Infowars.com, explained it further, but noted that Lee’s suggestion would violate the Constitution.

According to Watson:

The term “martial law” in a legislative context is somewhat obscure but it has been used before to define lawmakers’ ability to “fast track” bills without going through the usual congressional process.

However, Lee’s insistence that a Senate-approved resolution to fund the federal government be fast-tracked via “martial law” appears to conflict with Article I, Section 7, Clause I of the Constitution, which states, “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.”

This clause was included by the founders to ensure that decisions related to the power of the purse reside with the legislative body which is closest to the American people.

The last time martial law was mentioned by a member of Congress was back in 2008 when Rep. Brad Sherman revealed how lawmakers were threatened with “martial law in America” by then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson if they rejected the TARP bailout package.

More from Watson at Infowars.

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37 thoughts on “Sheila Jackson Lee calls for ‘martial law’ to end shutdown

  1. Thomas Aquinas says:

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  2. fusco says:

    Haven’t any of these idiots learned anything from history>>>>apparently not. This is why we fought the English, we did not want to be ruled by a dictator or a king. We have got to makes it known to Washington that we will not become a communistic country, TELL OUR (ALL) OUR REPS, WE ARE AMERICA LAND OF THE FREE AND OUR REPS SERVE US WE DO NOT SERVE YOU.! We will remember when it comes time to VOTE××××××××××××

  3. Larry Rappaport says:

    Ms. Lee, I obhor the Pug Establishment but do you actually think you and this administration will stay in power in perpetuity? I find your recent remarks simply ignorant and repugnant as Bushy Cakes thought the same thing when we independents thought differently beginning in 2006. Now here you come with this and most of your pressers that make Bush seem sane and in this instance wanting Martial Law Ms. Lee?

    People, is this just insane? There are 300 Million lawfully registered private fire arms in this Nation. There won’t be one molecular whiff of martial law Ms. Lee and what you’re saying here is not only an example repugnant ignorance but these little pressers of yours will live on long after president Obama has retired.

  4. T Rowe Lamont Bentlyprice says:

    Wildebeest monster harlot.

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