I Heart Jared Polis

Rep. Jared Polis, a Democratic congressman from Colorado, just became my favorite legislator. In response to Rep. Steve King’s ridiculous bill to strip the Supreme Court of its jurisdiction to hear cases involving same-sex marriage, Polis has submitted a bill to strip King of his power to write legislation.

On the heels of Rep. Steve King’s outrageous announcement Wednesday of his “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act,” Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) today proposed the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act.” The bill would prevent Steve King from abusing taxpayer dollars by substituting the judgments of the nation’s duly serving judicial branch of government with his own beliefs.

“For too long, Steve King has overstepped his constitutionally nonexistent judicial authority,” Polis said. “Mr. King has perverted the Constitution to create rights to things such as discrimination, bullying, and disparate treatment. These efforts to enshrine these appalling values as constitutional rights were not envisioned by the voters, or by King’s colleagues who must currently try to restrain his attempts to single-handedly rewrite the nation’s founding principles on a bill-by-bill basis.

“I urge the House to bring this bill to the floor. If passed, my bill would preserve the right of millions of voters in all 50 states who would prefer that Steve King refrain from legislating a role for himself in their marriage decisions.”

Now that is some beautiful trolling.

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  • John Pieret

    These efforts to enshrine these appalling values as constitutional rights were not envisioned by the voters

    Unfortunately, I don’t think that is true, either of the voters in his district or those across the county who have elected like-minded morons.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ John Pieret : Hmm … some of them, yeah. But how many really I wonder given the role of gerrymandering and restrictive voting laws / practices and the number who didn’t vote because they were too depressed or apathetic about politics or chose to vote for a third party that was never going to win or ..etc ..

    PS. Off topic but want y’all to know today (April 27th – always) is World Tapir Day ( http://www.tapirday.org/ ) which is worth checking out. Should make that one a public holiday I reckon!

  • The Other Lance

    That bill is a thing of beauty!

  • abb3w

    Shouldn’t this be done as an amendment to the House rules, rather than a statue? It would appear to be an attempt to determine the rules of proceedings for the House and/or punish one member for his disorderly behavior — and thus per Article I Section 5, a power reserved exclusively to House alone.

  • raven

    Shouldn’t this be done as an amendment to the House rules, rather than a statue?

    I’d like to see it introduced as…a constitutional amendment.

    In for a penny, in for a pound.

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    Alas, it is not an actual bill, just a proposal for action. Polis is not one to waste government resources by submitting legislation that has no chance in Hell of passing, which is another good thing that distinguishes him from so many Republicans.

  • Chiroptera

    John Pierre, #1: Unfortunately, I don’t think that is true, either of the voters in his district or those across the county who have elected like-minded morons.

    Well, that would be analogous to the Right Wing blow hards claiming to understand the Framers’ intent.

  • marcus

    That would be my congressman! You’re welcome!

  • marcus

    bold fail *sigh*

  • magistramarla

    There is some intelligence left in Congress.