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Neal Dunn, Ted Yoho Champion '10th Amendment Restoration Act'

May 2, 2017 - 9:30am
Neal Dunn and Ted Yoho
Neal Dunn and Ted Yoho

Freshman U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., is pushing for the states to regain more power from the federal government with the “10th Amendment Restoration Act” and has the support of a fellow North Florida Republican. 

Dunn introduced his bill at the end of last month and it was sent to the House Oversight and Government Reform and the House Rules Committees. Towards the end of the last week, Dunn showcased his legislation which creates a Constitutional Government Review Commission “to review federal laws, agencies and programs to determine what functions should be returned to the states, per the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

As he highlighted his proposal last week, Dunn noted the Tenth Amendment holds “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” and quoted the Founding Fathers as he made his case. 

“The Constitution guarantees our liberty, and its defense requires constant vigilance,” Dunn said. “In Federalist 45, Madison wrote that the federal government’s powers are ‘few and defined’ but the states’ are ‘numerous and indefinite.’ That principle was enshrined in the 10th Amendment. Yet over the generations, Congresses and administrations have crossed that line so often that it has almost worn away. I came to Congress to make that line bright again.”

Dunn reeled in the support of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who is the only co-sponsor of the bill so far. 

“I am proud to support Dr. Dunn’s 10th Amendment Restoration Act,” Yoho said. “For far too long our federal Government has been allowed to grow bigger that what our Founding Fathers intended. This bill will enable us to trim down the size of the federal government and place that power in the hands of the individual states where it belongs.”

Under Dunn’s legislation, the Constitutional Government Review Commission would offer proposals for the states to retake power from the federal government which would be sent to Congress. The legislation would also make the commission offer recommendations on how to cut the federal government. Under Dunn’s proposal, the president would name nine members of the commission for five year terms which would require Senate confirmation.  

“Restoring power to the states and shrinking the size and scope of the federal government is key to remaining true to the vision laid out by our founders,” Dunn said, insisting his proposal would lead to shrinking the power of the federal government.  

“Big government doesn’t work,” Dunn added. “From government run health care to overreach in our local schools – hardworking Americans are struggling to keep up. It’s time to give power back to the states and this legislation does just that.”


And not giving the federal government enough power is what led to to the constitutional convention in the first place. Federalist 1-Federalist 6 has Jay's and Hamilton's arguments for a robust central government, which is precisely what the GOP is set on undoing. A weak central government with states retaining more power the central government was a plague to the continental army. Both Washington and Hamilton saw no end of grief from states not pulling their weight and Congress impotent to act.

Yes, Jason, and that very same convention resulted in the written US Constitution, which specifically outlined the 18 powers delegated to the general government. It is time the States and the people held that government to those enumerated powers and those alone, specifically, since that congress is impotent in nearly all areas, except those where it usurps authority from the people and their States.

Dunn, MD & Yoho, DV; two of the smartest who actually "worked for a living" before being "anointed" (and have so far remained 'unspoiled' by "political gamesmanship ) Congressional Representatives who have "come down the Pike" in awhile; Hopefully their "selfless ways" will catch on in the "sea of political lampreys searching for a 'government mammary' to FOREVER suck on..". AND what better place to "start" on than the 10th Amendment ! (then, hopefully restore the 17th Amendment to eliminate the self-aggrandizing "Rock Star" status of Senators and turn them back to their constituents: The 16th; Clarify the 14th ,section 1) Oh, so much room for clarity of the written word; as well as "stabilization" & "restoration" of that "word" to its intended purpose... (Show 'em HOW it's done Guys ! ! !)

We tried this once. it was called the "Articles of Confederation". The concept failed. And the Civil War made another point about succession.

Don't fall for window-dressing a day after the GOP sold out its base. If Dunn and Yoho were serious about restoration of the 10th Amendment, they would press for repeal the 17th Amendment, either through congress or a convention of states.

The idea is probably good, but it is redundant. That is one of the purposes for the big court house across the street.

Scotus isn't the Framers' institution to defend the states. A senate of the states was to enforce the 10A. It is why the 17A must go.

I respectfully disagree with proposal. Charles Frederick Tolbert DIVM, EdM, EdD Retired Army MSGT Pastor

Once again Charlie, you post absolutely nothing to do with the conversation! You are nothing more than a pitiful spammer!

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