I suspected this was because it originated in the Senate. Why doesn't anyone call these guys on stuff like this? The media, academia or anyone else. I searched all over for back up, in case there was something about it that allowed it to originate in the senate to no avail.
Then tonight while reading the Tenth Amendment Center I see a link in the right-hand corner saying:
Didn’t the Fiscal Cliff Deal Originate in the Senate?
"Recall that the fiscal cliff bill was first passed by the Senate in the wee hours of New Year’s Day, and then seconded by a vote of the House some 20 hours later. And yet, Article I, Section 7, Clause 1—known as the Origination Clause—states:
'All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.'
Far from being 'archaic, idiosyncratic and downright evil'—as Georgetown law professor Mike Seidman claimed as part of his argument for throwing out the Constitution altogether—this provision serves, or at least is supposed to serve, the very real and timeless purpose of keeping the taxing power as close to the voters as possible. Mindful of the potential for abuses of this awesome power (see, e.g., John Roberts on Obamacare) the Constitution’s authors chose to give it to the congressional body that is elected every two years directly by people in local districts (the House), instead of the one whose members serve alternating six-year terms and weren’t initially directly elected (the Senate).
John Robert's decision on Obamacare is allowing more Constitutional breakdowns.
So write or call your senators, and tell them they're being watched on this stuff. Then tell you Congressman to get a spine. Top it off with a letter to the SC. This has to stop on both sides of the aisle.