Rhode Island state rep Dan Gordon sounded excited in his Monday morning voicemail to TAC:
“I just checked our committee calendar and the NDAA resolution has been scheduled for a second hearing this coming Wednesday…We’re virtually assured passage out of committee to the house floor and then passage on the house floor.”
Gordon was referring to H7916 (“TO PRESERVE HABEAS CORPUS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OF THE CITIZENS OF RHODE ISLAND”), his legislation that garnered literally a majority of the house members as co-sponsors. It is legislation that would deny the authority of the Federal government to order kidnapping as described in the National Defense Authorization Act.
“With this second hearing- on it’s own course right now. I don’t expect much debate at all- there will be limited commentary but I don’t see much opposition. Typically, a bill doesn’t get through to the house floor without the consent of the Speaker of the House. If a bill has no chance, it will not normally get a second hearing.” said Gordon in a follow up call Monday. Continue Reading →