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  •  Bill of Attainder (1+ / 0-)
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    drmah

    I'm sorry, but isn't the language a Bill of Attainder.  Congress can not single out  an individual or organization for special treatment.

    •  This has only one prong (0+ / 0-)

      for BoA.  It also must have a punishment element related to what Congress deems a crime.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 11:12:05 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think so. (2+ / 0-)
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      gchaucer2, pgm 01

      They absolutely can single out an individual or organization for funding. Or defunding.

      It's a reverse earmark. What they call a "limiting amendment" when it's attached directly to an appropriations bill. There's no criminal penalty here.

      •  not when the intent is to punish. (0+ / 0-)

        The GOP clearly is trying to punish PP for performing abortions.

        If it didn't fly for acorn it shouldn't fly here.

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