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A Government of Limited & Enumerated Powers

It’s time for Washington to re-read and begin to follow the limitations of power in the Constitution. Congress must come to understand, that just because it can, doesn’t mean it should. (And if it looked more closely, maybe constitutionally it really couldn’t.)

I strongly believe in the 10th Amendment, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

I strongly believe in a narrower interpretation of Article 1, Section 8, known as the Commerce Clause, from which Congress has created everything from Obamacare, the new national healthcare law, to the limitations on individual’s right to own and carry a gun.

After expanding unchecked for a half-century, the US Supreme Court has finally begun to review Congress’s declaration of unlimited and non-enumerated authority it gives itself under the Commerce Clause, (Lopez v United States). I will co-sponsor “The Enumerated Powers Act,” which if passed will require every bill in Congress to specifically spell out where Congress gets the authority to pass the piece of legislation.