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Levin: US Senate Has No Purpose Since Adoption of 17th Amendment

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | April 24, 2018 | 11:56 AM EDT

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host, author and American lawyer Mark Levin (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Monday, host Mark Levin blasted the Senate for its reluctance to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, suggesting that the U.S. Senate has no purpose since the adoption of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“[W]hat is the purpose of the United States Senate?” asked Mark Levin. “Once the 17th Amendment was adopted and senators were elected directly as opposed to from state legislatures, what is the purpose of the United States Senate? They say it’s the most deliberative body. It’s not the most deliberative body. They don’t debate amendments to bills. They didn’t even debate the spending bill six weeks ago, five weeks ago. The United States Senate has no purpose since the 17th Amendment.”

Mark Levin’s remarks came after “[t]he Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday evening voted narrowly to send Mike Pompeo’s secretary of state nomination to the Senate floor, after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) dropped his opposition, saying he was assured that the CIA director had learned the lesson that Mideast regime change has been ‘a mistake,’” reported to CNSNews.com. “Voting along party lines, the committee then voted 11-10 in favor of the nomination – an unusual occurrence for a presidential nomination that traditionally wins strong committee support.”

Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments from his show on Monday evening:

“To attempt to deny a president his nominee for secretary of state, the oldest cabinet position, makes me call into question – and I’m going to tell you this quite seriously – what is the purpose of the United States Senate? Once the 17th Amendment was adopted and senators were elected directly as opposed to from state legislatures, what is the purpose of the United States Senate? They say it’s the most deliberative body. It’s not the most deliberative body. They don’t debate amendments to bills. They didn’t even debate the spending bill six weeks ago, five weeks ago. The United States Senate has no purpose since the 17th Amendment.

“The initial purpose of the United States Senate was to represent the views of the states. The Framers of the Constitution set up this bicameral body: The House of Representatives, directly elected every two years, every member – there’s your democracy – and the United States Senate to represent the priorities of the states.

“Today these senators go in any direction they want to. Most of them spend their time in the Senate positioning themselves for higher office, president or vice president. Others decide to make a career of it and stay there 30, 40 years.

“None of this would be taking place if the states could function through the Congress as was intended by the Framers.

“So, the states have no say in the federal government or in federal legislation, no say.

“And the Senate is the most bizarre institution of any institution of governance. It doesn’t really have a purpose in my view.”

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