Steven N. Aristotelous: Majority vote and signature for shutdown

October 31, 2013 

On the evening of Oct. 16, I was glued to the TV watching the vote in the House and Senate to end the shutdown of the government. As I was watching, a thought occurred to me: If it took a majority vote in the House and Senate, along with the president’s signature to end the shutdown, why didn’t it take a majority vote in the House and Senate and the president’s signature to begin the shutdown?

Maybe the Founding Fathers instituted majority rule for a reason. Also, the Constitution has no mention of the legitimacy of a shutdown.

STEVEN N. ARISTOTELOUS

Oakdale

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