PROVIDENCE R.I. (March 7, 2012) – Rhode Island Rep. Dan Gordon presented a resolution to the House floor condemning detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act Tuesday, with a majority of his fellow representatives signing on as cosponsors.

Gordon garnered 43 cosponsors for the H7916. It only needs 38 votes to pass the House.

That brings the total number of states considering some action opposing the kidnapping provisions in the NDAA to 10.

The resolution meticulously lays out the case against NDAA detention provisions, specifying 10 violations of the Rhode Island Constitution. The resolution then emphatically condemns federal detention without due process.

RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby finds that the enactment into law by the United States Congress of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, Public Law Number 112-81, is inimical to the liberty, security, and well-being of the people of Rhode Island, and was adopted by the United States Congress in violation of the limits of federal power in United States Constitution.

Gordon cautions that despite the overwhelming number of cosponsors, opponents could still derail the bill

“With 43 sponsors, one would think it would sail through committee. But not so fast. At times, there are hijinks known as ‘held for further study’ which stalls the bill,” he said.

Tenth Amendment Center communications director Mike Maharrey praised Gordon for his efforts.

“This is quite a feat, garnering that much support in a legislature dominated by the opposition party,” he said. “It shows that this isn’t some partisan stunt. People on both sides of the political aisle recognize the danger inherent in granting the federal government this kind of power. Pres. Obama says he won’t use it on you. But what stops him from changing his mind? What stops the next guy from expanding the powers even more? This monstrosity needs to be stopped now, and it’s up to the states to do it. The federal government simply isn’t going to wake up tomorrow and decide to limit its own power.”

A companion bill proposed by Sen. Bethany Moura reportedly has five cosponsors with more expected to join in the near future.


If you live in Rhode Island, contact your representative and politely insist that she or he support this resolution. For representative contact information, click HERE.

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