As a guest on MSNBC, The Washington Post's Ezra Klein comments on the new Republican Congress's plan to start off the next session with a full reading of the Constitution. "It's a gimmick," Klein says, arguing that the text of the Constitution is old and complicated and its meaning is subject to varying interpretations. He also references a new congressional rule requiring all subsequent bills to include a statement of their constitutional authority, pointing out that the one bill to do this before the rule was made was the health care bill--specifically in the constitutionally contested individual mandate. See more on the debate this video has started here.
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