Representative J. BURRWOOD DALY, of Pennsylvania
MR. DALY.--Mr. Speaker, it seems to me that Conress is wasting a great deal of time and effort, in discussing extraneous matters and matters that do not properly concern us. I allude to long, loud, and I might say acrimonious discussions on the Constitution. As I understand it, the duty of this body is to pass such legislation as it deems wise and in accord with the mandate of the people and let another department of the Government decide the constitutionality of its acts.
I know of no authority lodged in the legislative branch of the Government giving it the right to interpret its own acts. I know of no authority giving it the right to decide the constitutionality of its own acts. I have always and still do believe that the interpretation of the law and the deciding of its constitutionality are powers vested in the judiciary and in the judiciary alone. The functions of each of the three branches of the Government are clearly defined in the Constitution, and whether the legislation passed by this body is constitutional or not is not to be determined by this body.
From almost every Member on the Republican side, and I regret to state a few on the Democratic side, I have listened to wails of anguish concerning the alleged____________________