January 25, 2008
Where things stand with the "Enumerated Powers Act"
By James Wilson
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Quote of the Day:

"Americans just want us to... not be concerned if they [new laws] can be constitutionally justified...Why, if we had to do that we could not pass most of the laws we enact around here."
-- Sen. John Glenn (D-OH) 07/16/96

Subject: Where things stand with the "Enumerated Powers Act"

The "Enumerated Powers Act" would compel Congress to cite the section of the U.S. Constitution that provides the authority for every law they pass. We first introduced this bill to Downsizers on December 19, 2007, but what we didn't tell you is that this bill already has 38 sponsors in the House of Representatives.

You see, it is possible for members of Congress to support good legislation once in a while. That's the good news.

But the bad news is that no Senator has yet signed on as a co-sponsor, and there are no new co-sponsors in the House since December 12th. Can we encourage more Representatives and maybe a few Senators to climb on board? Let's try.

We've provided a full list of Congressional sponsors below my signature. If your Representative isn't on that list, please send a message asking him or her, as well as your two Senators to co-sponsor the bill. Our hardwired message to Congress already has the bill number in it. Use your personal comments to mention that the bill already has 38 co-sponsors, and how happy it would make you to see your elected representatives on the list.

If you're Representative is already on the list, use your personal comments to thank him or her, while urging your Senators to follow the good example of the 38 House members who are already co-sponsors.

Let's show that Senator Glenn was wrong. Let's show Congress that we do want our laws to be constitutional.

So far Downsizers have sent Congress 3,444 messages on this bill. Let's see how much we can increase that number today. Send your message here.

Thanks for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army.

Perry Willis
Communications Director, Inc.

Here's the list of co-sponsors (listed alphabetically) . . .

Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] - 3/6/2007
Rep Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3] - 12/5/2007
Rep Bartlett, Roscoe G. [MD-6] - 3/6/2007
Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] - 3/6/2007
Rep Boozman, John [AR-3] - 4/24/2007
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] - 3/6/2007
Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] - 3/6/2007
Rep Duncan, John J., Jr. [TN-2] - 3/7/2007
Rep Davis, David [TN-1] - 3/27/2007
Rep Feeney, Tom [FL-24] - 4/24/2007
Rep Flake, Jeff [AZ-6] - 3/6/2007
Rep Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] - 3/6/2007
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] - 3/14/2007
Rep Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] - 3/6/2007
Rep Gingrey, Phil [GA-11] - 3/6/2007
Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] - 3/6/2007
Rep Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] - 9/7/2007
Rep Heller, Dean [NV-2] - 8/1/2007
Rep Hensarling, Jeb [TX-5] - 12/12/2007
Rep Herger, Wally [CA-2] - 3/6/2007
Rep Hoekstra, Peter [MI-2] - 12/4/2007
Rep Johnson, Sam [TX-3] - 12/4/2007
Rep Kline, John [MN-2] - 12/12/2007
Rep Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] - 3/6/2007
Rep Mack, Connie [FL-14] - 12/12/2007
Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] - 3/6/2007
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 3/6/2007
Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] - 3/6/2007
Rep Musgrave, Marilyn N. [CO-4] - 12/12/2007
Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] - 3/6/2007
Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] - 3/6/2007
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 10/25/2007
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 3/12/2007
Rep Sali, Bill [ID-1] - 12/5/2007
Rep Stearns, Cliff [FL-6] - 5/23/2007
Rep Walberg, Timothy [MI-7] - 3/9/2007
Rep Weldon, Dave [FL-15] - 5/1/2007
Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] - 3/6/2007
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