Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Ventures Into Tentherism

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Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)–the highest ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee–is unclear about the Constitutionality of current health care legislation, and he’s turning for clarity to the Federalist Society.

“I think that’s a good question,” Sessions said on a panel at the Federalist Society’s National Lawyers’ Convention. “Matter of fact I met with my staff…we were talking about, and you know what I said Leonard? I said we ought to ask Federalist society folks what they think too. I said let’s begin to think about that question and what’s the constitutional thing…can the government require to do what we think is in your best interest if you don’t think it’s in your best interest?”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, once said there was a bipartisan consensus in favor of individual mandates. But he too seems to have joined the tenther fringe.

You can see the video here. The exchange occurs about 27 minutes in.

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