Crackpot scheme would allow states to veto federal laws, but it will never fly
Article VI, Section 1, Clause 2 of the U.S. Constitution — known among lawyer types as the Supremacy Clause — reads as follows:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
Millions of Americans, especially many knee-jerk states’ rights advocates, have never heard of the Supremacy Clause. They think their own states should be free to pass just any old law, no matter if it violates federal law or the Constitution.
And then there are the wingnuts who are, in fact, aware of the Supremacy Clause but don’t like it. Some of these people are trying to cook up a Constitutional Convention that would seek to void the Supremacy Clause. In it’s place, there would be a provision that would allow two-thirds of the states to repeal any federal law they didn’t like.
I don’t think this hare-brained scheme will ever come to fruition. But it says HERE that incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican, has an “open mind” on the matter.