DownsizeDC.org
August 11, 2009
Good News on the Enumerated Powers Act
By Jim Babka

Quote of the Day: "The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free." -- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Source: Slavery in Massachusetts (1854)

Subject: Good news on the Enumerated Powers Act

The Enumerated Powers Act (HR 450) would require Congress to identify the Constitutional authority for each law it passes. We think this requirement is an important step on the long road to restoring Constitutional limits and the Bill of Rights.

When we last reported to you the bill had 32 co-sponsors in the House. Now it has 48.

Better yet, there's now a companion bill in the Senate (S. 1319), and it already has 21 co-sponsors! 

We think DC Downsizers have played a big role in making this happen. You have constantly asked for new co-sponsors on this legislation, and the number of co-sponsors has constantly grown. Let's keep pushing.

First, check the lists below to see if one or more members of your Congressional delegation is already co-sponsoring this legislation. Then, use our Educate the Powerful System (sm) to write a letter to your delegation, thanking or requesting participation, as the case may be.

Here's the list of House co-sponsors of HR 450 . . .

Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] -- Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3] -- Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] -- Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] -- Bishop, Rob [UT-1] -- Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] -- Rep Boozman, John [AR-3] -- Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] -- Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] -- Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] -- Davis, Geoff [KY-4] -- Deal, Nathan [GA-9] -- Flake, Jeff [AZ-6] -- Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] -- Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] -- Franks, Trent [AZ-2] -- Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] -- Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] -- Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] -- Heller, Dean [NV-2] -- Herger, Wally [CA-2] -- Hoekstra, Peter [MI-2] -- Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-52] -- Johnson, Sam [TX-3] -- Kline, John [MN-2] -- Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] -- Mack, Connie [FL-14] -- McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] -- McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] -- McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] -- Miller, Jeff [FL-1] -- Moran, Jerry [KS-1] -- Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] -- Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] -- Olson, Pete [TX-22] -- Paul, Ron [TX-14] -- Poe, Ted [TX-2] -- Posey, Bill [FL-15] -- Price, Tom [GA-6] -- Roe, David P. [TN-1] -- Ryan, Paul [WI-1] -- Sessions, Pete [TX-32] -- Smith, Lamar [TX-21] -- Terry, Lee [NE-2] -- Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] -- Wamp, Zach [TN-3] -- Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] -- Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1]

Here's the list of Senate co-sponsors for S. 1319 . . .

Barrasso, John [WY] -- Brownback, Sam [KS] -- Bunning, Jim [KY] -- Burr, Richard [NC] -- Chambliss, Saxby [GA] -- Crapo, Mike [ID] -- DeMint, Jim [SC] -- Ensign, John [NV] -- Enzi, Michael B. [WY] -- Graham, Lindsey [SC] -- Grassley, Chuck [IA] -- Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] -- Inhofe, James M. [OK] -- Isakson, Johnny [GA] -- Kyl, Jon [AZ] -- McCain, John [AZ] -- McConnell, Mitch [KY] -- Risch, James E. [ID] -- Thune, John [SD] -- Vitter, David [LA] -- Wicker, Roger F. [MS]

Use DownsizeDC.org's campagin for the Enumerated Powers Act to send your letter to Congress.

My two Senators are already co-sponsors, but my House Representative is not, so here's what I said in my personal comments:

"I applaud my Senators, McCain and Kyl, for co-sponsoring this bill, and urge my Representative, Ms. Giffords, to join them by co-sponsoring the House version, HR 450. I view support for this bill as evidence that you want to walk-the-talk of your oath to serve, protect, and defend the Constitution."

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