Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bizarre Texas House resolution calls for repeal of thousands of federal laws
The resolution essentially calls upon Congress to repeal thousands of laws ranging from the nutrition programs of LBJ’s great society to provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act
A bizarre House Concurrent Resolution filed Tuesday by three members of the Texas House of Representatives would have the state claim “sovereignty” under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution over every power not specifically authorized the federal government in the U.S. Constitution and demands that Congress repeal any law requiring “states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.”
Although the resolution, HCR 50, has no force of law whatsoever and, if passed, amounts to no more than an toothless demand made of congress on fancy paper sent by the Secretary of State, it could send the lower chamber of the legislature into a dizzying turmoil were it to ever hit the floor.
Authored by three of the House’s most far-right members (State Rep. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), and State Rep. Leo Berman (R-Tyler)), the resolution essentially calls upon Congress to repeal thousands of laws ranging from the nutrition programs of LBJ’s great society to provisions of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, and legislation the state was required to administer the federally funded Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Although the resolution is more likely a simple biannual railing against unfunded mandates and federal immigration laws (Berman is widely known as one of the House’s chief crusaders to formally cement undocumented immigrants as having no rights whatsoever), it will cause a significant stir if it is allowed to come to the floor because of the sheer number of programs the language in the HCR would call upon Congress to repeal. It is doubtful, in fact, that the authors even realize the scope of legislation the HCR calls upon Congress to repeal because of the broad language in the resolution.
If this does come to the floor, look for an ugly day-long battle followed by a bitter partisan meltdown…all over a resolution that has about as much force as a spitwad flung at an aircraft carrier through a drinking straw from 2,000 miles away.
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