Transcription Errors

The big buzz happening now, which SayUncle and Dave Hardy are reporting on, is that the version of the Amendment that forces Amtrak to allow guns to be transported in checked baggage that was actually passed by Congress, and what was sent to President Obama for his signature are different.

As to what happens from here, I seemed to recall in arguments with tax protesters from years ago reading about Supreme Court case that addressed this very topic. The case is Field v. Clark, 143 U.S. 649 (1892):

The signing by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and by the President of the Senate, in open session, of an enrolled bill is an official attestation by the two Houses of such bill as one that has passed Congress, and when the bill thus attested receives the approval of the President and is deposited in the Department of State according to law, its authentication as a bill that has passed Congress is complete and unimpeachable.

So I’m pretty sure that it’s valid law until Congress fixes the problem.

One Response to “Transcription Errors”

  1. Ian Argent says:

    So much for reading comprehension…

    Hopefully a few people will get campaign ads mocking them for lack of same in their next cycle…