NDAA: Our Liberties Hang in the Balance

This afternoon the Virginia State Senate narrowly defeated a move to recommit the antidetention bill, HB 1160, sponsored by Del. Bob Marshall. (report here) The effort to recommit, which would have killed the bill for this year, failed on a 20-20 vote, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling casting the tie-breaking vote against recommittal. The Senate agreed to bring the bill to the floor tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27. VIRGINIA RESIDENTS – ACTION ALERT ON THIS BILL AT THIS LINK

Delegate Bob Marshall issued the following statement:


The Virginia Senate’s action gives the people of Virginia another day to let their Senators know what they think about Congress empowering the U.S. Military to take a citizen off the nation’s streets, incarcerate him without charges, deprive him of the right to a lawyer, and hold him for an unlimited amount of time. That is the way things may be done in some other countries, but not here. This bill provides that we, here in Virginia, will not assist the federal government in enforcing this law.

Even President Obama had questions about the bill, when he promised the American people that he would not use the unrestrained powers it granted him — but why should we trust any President with such powers?

During World War II, the federal government incarcerated tens of thousands of loyal Japanese Americans in the name of national security. By this bill, Virginia declares that it will not participate in similar modern-day efforts.

There are moments in our history when our liberties hang in the balance. This is one of those moments. I urge the Senate when it votes tomorrow to join the overwhelming vote in the House to pass this bill, to lead the way in the nation to ensure that Virginia will not cooperate when the Federal Government strays off the reservation with laws that take away the civil liberties of our citizens.


NDAA Action Alert: Virginia Nullification Bill up for Senate vote on Tuesday 02-28.

Today, the Virginia State Senate held a procedural vote on House Bill 1160 (HB1160), commonly referred to as the “Virginia NDAA Nullification Bill.” There was a “motion to recommit” the bill – essentially delaying a vote on it until next year. The bill was almost put on hold as the vote in the Senate was 20-20. The Lt. Governor, though, decided that this was an issue worth voting on now, not next year, and was the deciding vote that stopped the motion.

That means, HB1160 will almost certainly come up for a vote in the Virginia Senate tomorrow, Tuesday February 28, 2012.

If you live in Virginia (or know someone who does), the time to act in support of liberty is right now. Not next week. Today, not tomorrow. Now. (action steps below)

The legislative goal of HB1160 is to codify in Virginia law noncompliance with what many are referring to as the “kidnapping provisions” of section 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (NDAA). The official summary of 1160:


Health care freedom for Kentuckians?

Kentucky might just say “No!” to unconstitutional federal insurance mandates.

Twenty-eight representatives have signed on to HB339. The legislation would protect the right of Kentuckians to make their own health care choices, free from government interference. The legislation specifically targets health insurance mandates in the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act signed into law by Pres. Obama.

The bill declares that no law shall compel a Kentucky citizen, employer or health care provider to participate in any health care system through the use of fines or penalties. It further stipulates that any individual or employer may pay directly for health care services, and that a health care provider may not be fined for accepting direct payment.


Franken to Chu: Doggone It, Like My State’s Company

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing last week on the Department of Energy’s budget request for fiscal 2013. Chris Edwards tipped me off to a particularly galling exchange between Energy secretary Steven Chu and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Sen. Franken uses his allotted time to badger Chu about a federal loan that Energy conditionally committed to a Minnesota company in 2010 that apparently has yet to be approved.

The exchange begins around the 61 minute mark here. Our trusty interns, Devon Sanchez and Stephen Wooten, transcribed the exchange, which I’ll share a portion of:

Sen. Franken: