Former Pennsylvania State Rep. Sam Rohrer is leading the GOP field for his party’s nomination for U.S. Senate, according to the latest PPP poll. He is seeking the right to challenge Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D) in November.
But between now and the April 24 primary, he might want to brush up on the U.S. Constitution.
In a campaign video posted last week, entitled “A Constitutional America No More,” Rohrer demonstrates a complete ignorance of the congressional appropriations process:
With the help of Senator Casey and the Senate Democrats, the President has managed to give himself the power to spend at will. It’s important to understand that since no budget has been passed during his tenure, the President is free to spend without constraint, making it possible for a crippling 3 trillion dollar increase in spending while Congress can do little more than watch. Without a budget, there is no control over Executive Branch spending. No budget means opening our wallets to an out of control Executive branch that sets its own budget and determines itself the boss.
Watch the video (at the 55 second mark):
Rohrer’s statement is 100 percent false. Article I of the U.S. Constitution explicitly says “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law” — a power expressly given to Congress. While Congress has not opted to make its appropriations through an overarching budget in recent years, it has passed multiple appropriations bills — some funding individual items and some omnibus bills covering multiple parts of government. Each of those appropriations bills has been signed by the president.
Amusingly, in the “frequently asked questions” section of his campaign website, one of the questions is, “Why Pennsylvanians should vote for Sam Rohrer?” The answer, in part: “Sam is a proven, reliable conservative and Constitutional student.” Perhaps he should ask his alma mater, Bob Jones University, for his tuition money back.