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What do you think about a "Repeal Amendment"?

Cuccinelli Supports Repeal Amendment
By: Jim Nolan
Published: December 20, 2010 11:48 AM

No surprise here, but Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has thrown his support behind an effort to amend the U.S. Constitution, which would allow two-thirds of the states to repeal any law or regulation of Congress.

Cuccinelli, a rising conservative star who has championed challenges to newly-enacted federal health care reform and EPA regulations on greenhouse gas emissions joins Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and legislative leaders of 11 other states backing the repeal effort.

The states involved to date: Virginia, Florida, Texas, Montana, Iowa, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Missouri, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Utah.

Here is the repeal provision language:

“Any provision of law or regulation of the United States may be repealed by the several states, and such repeal shall be effective when the legislatures of two-thirds of the several states approve resolutions for this purpose that particularly describe the same provision or provisions of law or regulation to be repealed.”

Here is Cuccinelli’s statement on the issue:

“I am enthusiastically supporting the repeal amendment in order to restore the balance of power between the citizens and the federal government. Over the past several decades, no matter which party is in charge, the federal government has been eroding the authority of the states and the liberty of citizens. The Repeal Amendment will act as an important check against the ever growing power of the federal government.”

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Asked by Friday at 1:35 PM on Dec. 21, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (7)
  • Uh hell no.

    Answer by CraftingMama at 1:37 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • NO. This is not even right.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 2:04 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • Interesting. When we're discussing HCR I see some merit in it. The majority (greater than 50%) of Americans opposed it prior to it's passage and it's support has dwindled since. Our elected officials ignored the will of their constituents and jammed it through insisting we just don't understand it and when we did we would like it. Should this scenario happen again, and in all likelihood it will, having the ability to repeal it with a 2/3 majority of the states isn't a half bad idea.

    Answer by sopranomommy at 2:13 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • The likelihood of such an amednment actually passing isn't all that great... the Congress can get the job done far more quickly and that's what they're supposed to do anyway.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:26 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • hmm...its interesting to think about. my gut reaction was "no way!" b/c it will just cause a ton of laws to be enacted only to be repealed when the power shifts parties. however, it takes 2/3rds to make it so why not 2/3rds to get rid of it. im gonna have to research this some more just to see exactly what this would entail.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:26 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • It's interesting. I can see the benefits but I'm sure it could cause problems. It's worth looking into.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:14 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

  • Hmmmmm......It COULD have it's positive side!!! :o)

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:25 PM on Dec. 21, 2010

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