Jim Zeigler Embarrasses Congressional GOP
Here's the situation (from the AP):
WASHINGTON - A clerk's mistake could mean a budget bill President Bush signed isn't technically law, but congressional Republicans said again Wednesday they have no plans to try to fix the problem.Zeigler apparently represents elderly groups that he feels might be adversely affected by the budget cuts and is trying to void the law in federal court by pressing the issue of the clerk's error. And instead of re-voting on the budget, GOP leaders are content to roll the dice that the courts won't enforce the letter of the law.
Even though Alabama attorney Jim Zeigler has filed a lawsuit charging the $39 billion deficit-cutting legislation Bush signed is unconstitutional because the House and Senate failed to pass identical versions, House GOP leaders insist there's no problem.
"I believe that it's law," said House Majority Whip Roy Blunt.
Not so, says Zeigler, a Republican activist.
"An eighth-grader in civics class knows that a bill cannot become law unless the identical bill passes the House and Senate and is signed by the president," Zeigler said.
The US House only passed the budget by a scant 216-214 vote, so they don't want the stress of a re-vote or for their vulnerable members to have to cast yet another controversial vote.
So now conservative GOP activist Jim Zeigler is now teamed with Congressional Democrats in trying to force the House to address the budget again.
(I considered giving a brief background on Mr. Zeigler but decided it might be best left up to some of our more knowledgeable and/or colorful commenters.)