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September 16, 2009

September Update on the Enumerated Powers Act

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Subject: Update on the Enumerated Powers Act for September, 2009

The Enumerated Powers Act (HR 450) would require Congress to identify the Constitutional authority for each law it passes. We think this requirement is an important step on the long road to restoring Constitutional limits and the Bill of Rights.

When we last reported to you on August 11 the bill had 48 co-sponsors in the House. Good news! Now it has 51!

Unfortunately, the companion bill in the Senate (S. 1319) is still stuck at 21 co-sponsors, but perhaps we can change that.

We think letters to Congress from DC Downsizers have played a big role in recruiting all of these co-sponsors. We know of no other organization that is pushing this bill at all, let alone as much as we have. Let’s keep pushing.

First, check the lists below to see if one or more members of your Congressional delegation is already co-sponsoring this legislation. Then, use our Educate the Powerful Systemsm  to write a letter to your delegation, thanking or requesting participation, as the case may be.

Here’s the list of House co-sponsors of HR 450 . . .

Bachmann, Michele [MN-6] — Barrett, J. Gresham [SC-3] — Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] — Bilirakis, Gus M. [FL-9] — Bishop, Rob [UT-1] — Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] — Rep Boozman, John [AR-3] — Broun, Paul C. [GA-10] — Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] — Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] — Davis, Geoff [KY-4] — Deal, Nathan [GA-9] — Flake, Jeff [AZ-6] — Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] — Foxx, Virginia [NC-5] — Franks, Trent [AZ-2] — Garrett, Scott [NJ-5] — Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] — Goodlatte, Bob [VA-6] — Heller, Dean [NV-2] — Herger, Wally [CA-2] — Hoekstra, Peter [MI-2] — Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-52] — Johnson, Sam [TX-3] — Kline, John [MN-2] — Lamborn, Doug [CO-5] — Mack, Connie [FL-14] — McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] — McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] — McHenry, Patrick T. [NC-10] — Miller, Jeff [FL-1] — Moran, Jerry [KS-1] — Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] — Neugebauer, Randy [TX-19] — Olson, Pete [TX-22] — Paul, Ron [TX-14] — Poe, Ted [TX-2] — Posey, Bill [FL-15] — Price, Tom [GA-6] — Roe, David P. [TN-1] — Ryan, Paul [WI-1] — Sessions, Pete [TX-32] — Smith, Lamar [TX-21] — Terry, Lee [NE-2] — Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] — Wamp, Zach [TN-3] — Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] — Wittman, Robert J. [VA-1] Tiahrt, Todd [KS-4] Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] Souder, Mark E. [IN-3] 

Here’s the list of Senate co-sponsors for S. 1319 . . .

Barrasso, John [WY] — Brownback, Sam [KS] — Bunning, Jim [KY] — Burr, Richard [NC] — Chambliss, Saxby [GA] — Crapo, Mike [ID] — DeMint, Jim [SC] — Ensign, John [NV] — Enzi, Michael B. [WY] — Graham, Lindsey [SC] — Grassley, Chuck [IA] — Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] — Inhofe, James M. [OK] — Isakson, Johnny [GA] — Kyl, Jon [AZ] — McCain, John [AZ] — McConnell, Mitch [KY] — Risch, James E. [ID] — Thune, John [SD] — Vitter, David [LA] — Wicker, Roger F. [MS]

Use’s campaign for the Enumerated Powers Act to send your letter to Congress.

My two Senators are already co-sponsors, but my House Representative is not, so here’s what I said in my personal comments:

“I applaud my Senators, McCain and Kyl, for co-sponsoring this bill, and urge my Representative, Ms. Giffords, to join them by co-sponsoring the House version, HR 450. I view support for this bill as evidence that you want to walk-the-talk of your oath to serve, protect, and defend the Constitution.”

You can send your letter to Congress here.

To stay on pace to exceed the 42,639 letters Downsizers sent to Congress last month we must send 2,373 letters today.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how fast your Army is growing, please check out the Keeping Score report below my signature.

Perry Willis
Communications Director, Inc.


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