Virginia delegates sign letter supporting 10th amendment on states' rights
Fifty-four Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates have signed a letter calling on the federal government to "cease and desist" from passing mandates that exceed its power under the 10th amendment of the Constution, which says that powers not delegated to Congress in the document are left to the states.
"We on behalf of the Commonwealth assert that all compulsory federal legislation that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, violates the spirit and intent of the authors of our Constitution," the letter reads in part.
The letter references "a number of proposals from previous administrations and other proposals that may be anticipated" as examples of "unbridled federalism." But a small knot of protesters who gathered on the states of the Virginia Capitol to receive a copy of the letter from Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William) made clear their prime concern of the moment is the federal health care bill.
The group planned to take the letter to Washington, where it will be presented to members of Virginia's Congressional delegation. The group members will then take part in today's Tax Day tea party rally. Lingamfelter urged the group to present its ideas respectfully but firmly. "I think some politicians believe this is just a passing fad. The people of this country want change--but they don't want the change that's coming out of Washington," Lingamfelter told them.
April 15, 2010; 10:17 AM ET
Categories: General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate | Tags: Constitution, Health care, Scott Lingamfelter, United States Constitution, Virginia, Virginia House of Delegates
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