“If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.”
While I suppose there is nothing unconstitutional about the upcoming Sunday vote on the Obama/Congressional Democrats revolutionary healthcare reform bill, I looked over the Constitution to make sure. I remembered that I had read the word Sunday in that document and after looking back through it found that the reference applies to the time frame of a pocket veto. Once a bill is delivered to the president for his approval, he can retain the bill for up to ten days without signing it, which should not include Sunday (Article I, section 7).
So what if Sunday’s planned vote takes place? Well at the very least it’s reflective of where this Congress wants to take the US. It has little regard for constitutional and procedural traditions that have formed and shaped the federal legislature. I don’t know if this type of attitude has anything to do with the 80% disapproval rating Congress currently enjoys but traditionally, Sunday has been recognized as a day of rest; a time for families, worship and reflection. Is this what the framers had in mind when they excluded Sunday from the timetable of legislative work? I tend to think so but the progressive secularists won’t spend time on such a debate, if they have their way there will be no debate at all. For their part, those supporting this bill will hope Sunday’s vote will be just like attending worship services: full of peaceful quietude. Some might see a Sunday vote for such a huge piece of pro-abortion legislation no big deal. Maybe it’s not. But it sure is telling.