Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Regulation Freedom Amendment Conversation

People are getting angrier and angrier about what's going on in Washington!
Many want to DO something.

With 7 state legislative chambers and 350 state legislators already urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment to require that Congress approve major federal regulations, there IS something people can do...urge friends and state legislators to endorse the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

Here is an outline of a  sample conversation you can have with people you know, or with anyone who is angry about the abuse of power in Washington:


Have you heard about the new national effort to curb the President's abuse of regulatory power?

It's backed by the American Farm Bureau, 2 Governors, 350 state legislators, and the General Counsel of the RNC.

It's called the "Regulation Freedom Amendment" and it would require that Congress approve major new federal regulations before they could take effect.

Every voting Republican U.S. House Member supported what is know as the "REINS" act in 2013, for the same purpose, but even if we could get 60 votes to pass it in the Senate,  the President would never sign it, (and a law  could be challenged in Court.)

On the other hand, just as states originally persuaded Congress to propose the Bill of Rights, 2/3 of the states could potentially persuade Congress to propose this Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, (WITHOUT the need to hold  a Convention.)

Even the threat of states forcing Congress to act would deter regulators and give us a great issue for 2015 and 2016.

Candidates and elected officials can be asked: "Should regulators be able to dictate from Washington, or should regulations, just like laws, have the consent of the governed?"

Or, "Should regulators be accountable to elected officials?"

Polls show that by a 2-1 margin voters
support the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

We can get majorities in the 34 states we need to force Congress to act with the 31 states that now have Republican majorities in the legislature, plus with a few moderate Democrats in just 3 of the 7 swing states where Republicans control one Chamber of the state legislature.

7 legislative Chambers have ALREADY passed Resolutions urging Congress to propose the Amendment (IN House and Senate, SD House and Senate, GA Senate, WY House, and ID House.)

Our next goal is the endorsement of 500 and eventually the endorsement of  4000 state legislators along with a  national network of business and grassroots political leaders who support the Amendment.  Would you consider being one of them?

Can I send you some information about this effort so you can consider an endorsement and perhaps other ways to help?

1. Here are answers to some questions we are frequently asked.

The 2 Governors are Mike Pence of IN and Phil Bryant of MS)

2. Here is the text of the Amendment:

"Whenever one quarter of the Members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate transmit to the President their written declaration of opposition to a proposed federal regulation, it shall require a majority vote of the House and Senate to adopt that regulation."

3. Here are a few of the state legislative leaders who support the Amendment:

(Including top leaders of all 3 National Association of State Legislators)
TN Senate Maj. Leader and current CSG National Chair Mark Norris
UT NCSL President-Elect and Former Senate Maj. Leader Curt Bramble
TX Rep. Phil King, ALEC National Chair.

TN Lt Gov/Senate President Ron Ramsey
UT Senate President Wayne Niederhauser
IN Senate President David Long
IN House Speaker Brian Bosma
MO Senate President Tom Dempsey
MI Senate President Pro-Tem Tonya Shuitmaker
GA Senate President David Schafer
ID House Speaker Scott Bedke
ND Senate President Rich Ward
WY Senate Majority Leader Eli Bebout

4. Here of some national conservative leaders who have endorsed the Amendment.

David Keene, Former President NRA
American for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist
Federalist Society Co-Founder David McIntosh
Former National Federation of Women Chair Sue Lynch
Former RNC Chair and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson
Former Ohio Secretary of
State, Ken Blackwell
Former U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Chair, Bob Livingston.
McCain 2008 Chair, Charlie Black
Mark Braden, Former General Counsel RNC
Tom Sansonetti, Former General Counsel, RNC
David Norcross, Former General Counsel, RNC

4. We have not yet begun to build a big list of Washington politicians who support the Amendment.  We want this to come first from states and the grassroots.

5. The language of the Amendment would NOT change the process for the  the REPEAL of an existing regulation. Such a repeal would not be a "proposed new regulation" that would require the approval of Congress.

6. How could states force Congress to propose an Amendment?

Three times in American history, states have forced Congress to propose an Amendment states want: The Bill of Rights, the 17th Amendment for Direct Election of U.S. Senators and the 22nd Amendment for Presidential term limits.

State can pass laws that even more dramatically increase their power to force Congress to propose the Amendment states want.

If a majority of states with a majority of the population states pass a "faithful delegate law like those already passed in 5 states that allows states to control and if necessary replace their delegates to a Convention if there ever was one, states could force Congress to act.

With those laws in place states would have the power to limit a hypothetical convention states might threaten to an up or down vote on the exact text of the Amendment states want.

Congress is terrified of even the possibility of a Convention that would be more powerful than Congress.

Even the idea that states might have the power to threaten a Convention limited to an up or down vote on one Amendment would almost certainly be enough to force Congress to propose the Amendment states want without ever holding a Convention.

And if 2/3 of the states demonstrate they can force Congress to propose an Amendment they want, there will be a new balance of state and federal power.

7. What can I do to help?

Endorse the Amendment. Tell your friends.  Call a state legislator. Help us make calls to other grassroots and business leaders. Tell us how YOU think you could help!  Consider donating to support our effort. Send us an email or call and we can discuss ideas.

We can provide answers to other questions you have or that you are asked.  The key is to get people interested enough to hear more.

I and other people on our national team  can talk to people you find who are really interested.

We can send a sample email you can resend to others.

Thanks for your interest.  Together we can make a difference.

Roman Buhler
The Madison Coalition
202 255 5000

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