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According to a report from Tad DeHaven of the CATO Institute, Congressional Republicans have teamed up – once again – with Democrats to save corporate welfare.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) proposed ending all nuclear energy research subsidies to private companies. But the House rejected that amendment in a 106-281 vote that divided Republicans 91-134.
McClintock also proposed language cutting fossil energy research subsidies. But the House killed that amendment 138-249, as Republicans split again 102-123.
DeHaven further points out that even Dennis Kucinich – the Democrat who many Tea Party members deride as being the leading leftist in the House – took a stronger stand against these handouts than a strong majority of Republicans. Kucinich introduced an amendment that would have shut down the Department of Energy’s Title 17 loan guarantee program. That’s the program that gave us Solyndra.
The amendment got crushed by a vote of 136-282 with 127 Republicans joining 155 Democrats to defeat the amendment.
DeHaven wrote – “That the Republican-led House couldn’t get rid of the program that begot Solyndra is about as low as it gets.”
Even with Congressional Republicans failing constitution supporters yet again, there’s a bit of good news in the Tenther movement. Blake Filippi – legal analyst for the TAC – reports that the Rhode Island House has overhwelmingly passed a resolution rejecting NDAA. H7916, sponsored by Representative Dan Gordon passed last week by a vote of 52-15.
The final Resolution states in pertinent part:
“The indefinite military detention of any person in the United States without charge or trial violates Article III and the 5th and 6th Amendments of the Constitution of the United States;”
Rhode Island is now the 6th state to have passed a law or resolution in response to NDAA detention powers.
Taking it a step further, though, the City of Berkeley, CA passed a resolution that requires non-compliance with sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA.
It states, in part:
“the indefinite military detention of any person without trial violates the 5th and 6th amendments of the Constitution of the United States, Article III of the Constitution of the United States, and the Posse Comitatus Act;”
But the Council, acting on recommendation from the City’s Peace and Justice Commission, didn’t stop at simply denouncing the unconstitutional federal act. They included language to take their response a step further. It states that they will:
“Instruct all our public agencies to decline requests by federal agencies acting under detention powers granted by the NDAA that could infringe upon residents’ freedom of speech, religion, assembly, privacy, or rights to counsel.”
After unanimously passing the resolution, Berkeley is now the fifteenth local government around the country to have passed similar legislation.
A recent economic report from Doug Tjaden from the TAC’s Sound Money Center paints a pretty bleak picture for the economy in the near future. He writes, “Should we fail to take action now, one need only look at the European Union to see our ultimate fate”
According to Tjaden, there still IS protection against such a fate, and it “lies in the hands of the people of the (still) sovereign states. It is codified in Article 1 Section 10 of the Constitution, which says “No state shall… make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.””
New model legislation and educational materials are being developed at the Tenth Amendment Center just for that purpose, and will be available this fall.
Stay tuned at soundmoney.tenthamendmentcenter.com for updates.
In state-level news from the North East….a little friendly competition. Last week we reported that New Hampshire was close to becoming the 18th state to nullify some federal drug laws by passing a medical marijuana bill. But New York has just taken at step in that direction too – with the House last week passing Assembly Bill 7347 by a vote of 90-50.
This bill shows a growing understanding of the 10th Amendment in the medical marijuana movement – traditionally from the left side of the political spectrum. It states, in part:
“This legislation is an appropriate exercise of the state’s legislative power to protect the health of its people under Article 17 of the State Constitution and the tenth amendment of the United States constitution.”
Rounding up our coverage this week some inside info on our work here at the TAC. Our online radio show, Tenther Radio, just celebrated it’s one year anniversary. Last Wednesday was also the show’s first episode on our new network – Natural News Radio. We’d like to thank the entire Tenther Radio team – and NaturalNewsRadio.com for a successful anniversary – and launch – in the same nite.
And, coming this next monday, June 25th, it’s the Tenth Amendment Center’s 6 year anniversary. we’ll be sharing a series of posts highlighting efforts, successes and future plans in the coming days and weeks.
Thanks for tuning in!
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