Congress: Taxation/Money Bills/Revenue/Origination Clause

“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.” United States Constitution, Article I, Section 7

  • Review the origins and debate over Article I, Section 7 of the United States Constitution, which provides that any bill raising revenue must originate in the House of Representatives. These bills were often referred to as “money bills” and this clause today is often referred to as the “Origination Clause.” This provision addresses the authority of the federal government to tax, as well as to raise revenues and funds from other sources.
  • Article I, Section 7 ensures that taxation and similar means of raising money must first be proposed by the House of Representatives — which is composed of the most immediate representatives of the People. The Origination Clause preserves the keystone of “no taxation without representation.”
  • The Senate has the authority to amend or concur in amendments to such bills, just like any other bill. This ensures the wisdom and experience of the Senate can influence these important matters, without allowing them to cower or coerce the House, and prevents an aristocracy from taking hold.
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