In a a startling development earlier today the House Republican majority passed a bill to shut the Senate down permanently. The resolution H RES 420 passed 233 - 200, strictly on party lines.
While the House and the Senate have often been at odds with each other during the history of our nation this is the first attempt by one of our legislative bodies to deprive the other one entirely of its existence.
As the country is still trying to absorb the news and ponder over its ramifications constitutional pundits have already started debates on the possible scenario that we might lose our entire Legislature if the Senate now fires back by shutting the House down.
The Tea Party welcomed this move of reducing the size of the government. The Libertarian branch of the GOP went farther by urging the Senate to shut the House down and declare all federal laws enacted so far to be invalid.
The White House issued a brief statement that business was as usual in the Executive Branch and that non-existence of the Legislature will not affect the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, slated to be available to the general public on October 1.
Chief Justice John Roberts declined to comment.