|January 23, 2007|
|The House passed H. Res. 78 on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 by a vote of 226 to 191 (Roll Call 57). Because of this change in the House rules, non-state Delegates may now vote on all matters considered in the House except when their votes provide a decisive margin. Your calls worked as only 1 Republican voted for the measure.
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Democrats Ignore the Constitution to Pad their Majority!
Tell Your Representative to Vote NO on H. Res. 78
Not even a month into the Democrat-controlled Congress, unconstitutional mischief is already in the making. This week the House will vote on H. Res. 78, which would grant certain congressional voting rights to the five congressional delegates representing non-state territories: District of Columbia, America Samoa, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
While this bill does not grant full voting rights to these delegates, it does allow them to vote on matters considered by the "Committee of the Whole," meaning floor amendments, but not final passage. These votes could be used to pressure other full voting Members to change their votes on final passage.
Allowing non-state delegates to vote is clearly unconstitutional. The Constitution says the House shall be composed of "Members chosen ... by the People of the several States," not delegates representing non-state territories. Also, these delegates would be able to vote for tax increases, but would not have to pay them! Since residents of Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Puerto Rico do not pay federal income taxes, they would be able to vote for everyone else to pay more taxes, but not themselves or their constituents.
This bill is a power grab by the Democrats to pad their majority in Congress and lay the groundwork for permanent and full voting rights for these non-state territories because it is easy to assume these delegates would almost certainly vote with the Democrats.
Democratic leadership hopes no one will notice their power hungry political grab by scheduling this vote tomorrow! Let them know you will not let your voice be drowned out by adding a few extra votes on the side from non-state territories that don't pay taxes!
Call your Representative immediately! Tell them to vote NO on delegate voting rights (H. Res. 78).
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