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    Letter to Senate: Cosponsor Rand Paul's REINS Act

    02/08/2011

    Dear Senator,

    On behalf of over a million FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to cosponsor S.299, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act. Introduced by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) along with 24 original co-sponsors, this legislation requires a vote in Congress on any “major” regulations issued by the Executive Branch before it could be enforced on the American people.

    Every year, the executive branch issues thousands of new rules and regulations. Those rules that impose at least $100 million of annual compliance cost are considered “Major Rules.” In 2010, federal agencies issued 95 Major Rules. The REINS Act would respect the checks and balances carefully established in the Constitution by requiring Congress to approve such rules.

    As our Founding Fathers understood, it is dangerous for any branch of government to have unchecked power.  In Federalist 51, James Madison acknowledged that checks and balances are “necessary to control the abuses of government.” In article 1, section 7 of the Constitution, the process of creating a new law is outlined and clearly gives that power to the legislative branch. Today, unelected bureaucrats in the Executive Branch repeatedly disregard these limits by enacting new rules without the approval of Congress.
     
    A CNN poll found that the majority of Americans believe that the federal government has become so large that it imposes a threat against citizens’ rights. We cannot allow the American people to be potentially harmed by regulations that have not been subjected to the proper constitutional lawmaking process—a vote by their elected representatives.

    The REINS Act would restore accountability and protect citizens’ rights by giving elected officials a voice in all major regulations issued. It is unjustified that unelected bureaucrats can impose substantial costs on individuals and businesses without approval from the people’s representatives. We must ensure the Founding Fathers’ vision for America by not allowing one branch of government to become overly powerful. I urge you to cosponsor the REINS Act today to restore congressional oversight to the executive branch.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    FreedomWorks
    [Click here for a pdf version of this letter.]

    3 comments
    Kathy Woodring
    05/05/2012

    “...the Founding Fathers’ vision for America by not allowing one branch of government to become overly powerful...”
    --- from the 5000 year leap book by Skousen(1981)/National Center for Constitutional Studies(2006) - pg.117 “A Lesson from Communism – When the Communists seized power in Hungary, the peasants were delighted with the “justice” of having the large farms confiscated from their owners and given to the peasants. later the Communists leaders seized three-fourths of the peasant land and took it back to set up government communal farms. Immediately the peasants howled in protest about their property “rights.” Those who protested too loudly or too long soon found that they not only lost their land, but also their liberty. If they continued to protest, they lost their lives. - pg.29 The Founders Warn Against the Drift Toward the Collectivist Left - “They warned against the “welfare state” where the government endeavors to take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave. Jefferson wrote: If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:342.)” - pg.42 “The First Great Commandment – Ciero had comprehended the magnificence of the first great commandment to love, respect, and obey the all-wise Creator. He put this precept in proper perspective by saying that God's law is “right reason.” When perfectly understood it is called “wisdom.” When applied by government in regulating human relations it is called “justice'” When people unite together in a covenant or compact under this law they become a true “commonwealth,” and since they intend to administer their affairs under God's law, they belong to the commonwealth.” - p.43 “The Second Great Commandment... “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” -pg291 “Slavery or involuntary servitude is the result of either subjugation by conquest or succumbing to the bondage of debt...”
    --- “Think what you do when you ruin in debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” - Benjamin Franklin

    Laura Pauls
    04/26/2012

    Washington, Senate and Congress was enacted to do just that! Not pass any laws that are NOT Constitutional, yet every year more and more laws and regulations are passed that violate our rights AND our intelligence! Why do we have to pass more laws to get the Senate and Congress to do what they were intended to do in the first place? I will support ANY effort to bring SANITY back to Washington!

    Kathy Woodring
    05/05/2012

    One way to bring sanity to Washington is to have a republican senate - there are many RHINO's - although at least they are not anti-capitalism propagandist radicals.
    Many people don't have any knowledge of civics, voters should at least know republicans can't work with a senate and executive branch that will not accept any of their ideas - the republicans are accused of doing the same - this is not true - the far left, and Obama threaten - such as grandma won't get her social security if the debt limit isn't raised - so the republican's cave - the far left won't give up any of their power, and will scapegoat anyone that tries to stop them - even if it's the Supreme Court.
    It's the pro-capitalism people that will have to educate themselves and others. Posting to articles seems to help - at least education of readers and leftist authors is good.

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