>Cut the Federal Government Down to Size

>A law that specifically limits the federal government to only the powers granted to it by the Constitution would seem redundant, but evidently the federal government will not stay within bounds on its own, so we need a law to cut them back down to size. Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) has introduced such a bill every year since he has been in office.

According to this article, HR450, or the Enumerated Powers Act, would require the federal government to cite the Constitutional authority for every bill it enacts. The article states:

1. It would encourage members of Congress to consider whether their proposed legislation belongs in the federal level in the allocation of powers or whether it belongs with the states or the people.
2. It would force lawmakers to include statements explaining by what authority they are acting.
3. It would give the U.S. Supreme Court the ability to scrutinize constitutional justification for every piece of legislation. If the justification does not hold up, the courts and the people could hold Congress accountable and eliminate acts that reach beyond the scope of the Constitution.


The act has been at the Judiciary Committee since Jan. 9. Please contact Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-NY (chair of the House Rules Committee) and Rep. John Conyers, D-MI (chair of the Judiciary Committee), as well as your Senators and Representatives, to insist that this bill be brought to the House floor for a vote.

It’s time to get our country back.

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2 Responses

  1. >Thank you! It’s just mind-blowing, all the crap coming out of Washington these days.

  2. >This is incredibly simplistic and unquestionably right, Ron Paul has proposed similiar things as well in Congress thanks for bringing Shadegg to light, great blog!

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