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, 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.

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  • Carol

    Isn’t this why we are in this mess they passed a healthcare law with out reading it

    • Jody Daniels

      That was my first thought! LOL!

  • Judy Senac Blankenship

    Maybe we could have Shelia Jackson Lee committed to a mental institution and take Allen Grayson with her.

    • Bruce Sanford

      And Pelousy, Reid, Frankenfeinstein, Holder, Wasserman-Schultz and of course, Ovomit. They could all be in the same cell where Ovomit can be the supreme ruler of the morons.

      • Rich Lane

        all of these criminals on both sides need to face the music!!!

      • Mike Young

        Don’t leave(D) Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois out of this mix, he votes right along with Reid every time.

  • Amzdesigner

    You know, I think that if Democrats had their way they would put us all under a Dictatorship with Obummer at the helm. Might I remind them that this is a System of Government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE! I am of the Vietnam Era when millions of us marched on Washington to stop a war that was futile. Our National Parks and Monuments DO NOT BELONG TO THE GOVERNMENT BUT to THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If these little children who are running this Government like an elementary school yard don’t get it together, I will have no problem going to Washington and standing outside the gates of the White House with my big pink sign that says, “NEGOTIATE.” This is NOT the Obama Nation, but rather, an Obamination!!!!!!!

  • Troy Jones

    She continually proves that running on color vs. Intelligence is a costly end product. This woman is an embarrassment to Texas and the human race.

  • Martin Broderick

    Okay what idiots elected this fool to congress…. She is a traitor to her oath and to our Constitution….

  • Paulette

    that is what Obummer want ” to be able to institute marshal law on our citizens, maybe he could start a civil war so their would be no election in 2016 and he could remain dictator in chief

    • Rich Lane

      If it actually came to that..he wouldn’t be there as dictator in chief..i mean don’t you think freedom lovers/freedom fighters here in the USA would go after him & congress members first?? I still do not believe the us military will fire on its own citizens..maybe a few here and there but not overall.

  • CoonOkie

    Well, it seems that they passed the healthcare law “without reading it”. Maybe those idiots in Washington should have read the law first then voted on it. Then We would not be in this situation. The Representatives have passed a bill to fund the government which will not fund Obamacare. The President won’t sign a bill to fund the government unless funding for Obamacare is included. Well, the Democrats with the President in the lead are the major cause of a government shutdown because of the fact the representatives are listening to the people who elected them to shut down Obamacare.

    The Demo_RATS are to blame for the shutdown this time not the Republicans.

  • Arden Hale

    So, is the woman trying to start a civil war?

    • Press Watchusa

      No –
      A Martian War of the Worlds

  • bvdees

    well, here we go! Obama has sent out his black looney woman congress member to test the waters on martial law! Look for Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel to fall in behind like little ducklings all in a line and quacking on time! From there its a toss up as to who will get in line next…

  • Press Watchusa

    She actually meant to say


    She went to MARS with the Flag

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