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GOP govs, stimulus strings, and the legality of the Punish Mark Sanford Amendment

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 19, 2009 09:28 AM

The AP has a story declaring that GOP South Carolina Mark Sanford will take stimulus money “despite misgivings.” On Fox News this morning, Sanford expressed a more nuanced approach — asserting that he’ll be going through the plan “with a fine-tooth comb” to determine what funding would be worth accepting given “the strings attached.”

As I’ve been pointing out, the legality of the Punish Mark Sanford Amendment inserted by Democrat House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (S.C.) is still germane — especially with several other GOP governors now stating that they may not accept porkulus money in their states.

I’ve asked Hill folks for legal background/analysis on the provision usurping governors’ executive authority to accept or decline the funds. I’m told that House GOP leader John Boehner’s office has now requested an analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the constitutionality of the provision in the trillion-dollar spending bill.

Stay tuned.

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Related: Jeff Emanuel looks at the Punish Mark Sanford Amendment and political cover.

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