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http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/May_10/ronpaullarge.001.jpg Last night Ron Paul made an urgent appeal via a 2 1/2 minute video (see below) for immediate help in contacting senators to reject Bernie Sanders' new, watered-down Fed transparency amendment and to support an amendment with the original "Audit the Fed" language of H.R. 1207 and S. 604. A vote on Sanders' amendment to S. 3217 (the financial services overhaul bill) is expected on Tuesday, May 11. (For results of the votes on May 11, read "Senate Caves to Fed Pressure, Waters Down Audit.")  
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Aug_10/eggsr.001.jpg It happened just in time, the salmonella egg outbreak and recall, that is. Remarkably so, in fact, to help boost the chances of Senate Bill 510's passing. The Food Safety Modernization Act, whose companion bill H.R. 2749 already passed in the House, was facing quite the uphill battle. But not any more; a vote is now highly likely with approval possible if not probable.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/June_10/computerlockr.001.jpg “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and other laws to enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.” These are the words used to describe the latest cybersecurity bill, S. 3480  "Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010," introduced on June 10 and cosponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.).
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Aug_10/heathcarer3.001.jpg There’s a lot of confusion occurring over what’s being nullified by the “Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act” legislation that’s been introduced in over 30 states, and already enacted into law in Virginia, Idaho, Arizona, Georgia, Missouri, and Louisiana. This legislation has been based on model legislation developed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) back in December 2008, over a year before ObamaCare finally became law.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Aug_10/airportscannerr.001.jpg Oh yes, those legislative busybody scanners are at it again, mandating that full-body imaging x-ray devices be installed in every airport in the nation by 2013, under the illusory premise of increasing safety.
http://www.jbs.org/images/stories/Aug_10/overview2r.001.jpg This article first appeared as "An Excellent Project for All" by John F. McManus in the JBS Bulletin, July 2010. In 2004, Congress enacted legislation requiring all publicly funded educational institutions to provide students with instruction about the U.S. Constitution. The law (Public Law 108-447) specified that it should be given on September 17, the date of the completion of the Constitution in 1787.
  Download Video as MP4 The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: 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. This Amendment, one of the most important in the Bill of Rights, has for generations served to protect the states and the people from overzealous federal encroachment. Recent decades, however, have seen federal power grow to enormous proportions. As a result, all across America states have been working to reassert their rights and the rights of their citizens under the Tenth Amendment. The John Birch Society believes strongly in the principles of federalism built into the Constitution by the Founding Fathers and is working to support the movement to reassert the importance of the entire Bill of Rights, including the Tenth Amendment. To find details regarding the status of Tenth Amendment initiatives we are supporting in the various states, as well as to find other information about the movement in those states in general, click on the markers on the map above. Campaign Tools "Support a Tenth Amendment Resolution in Your State Legislature." Use this pre-written, editable email to contact your state legislators in support of passage of a Tenth Amendment resolution in your state legislature. "Model Tenth Amendment Resolution for State Legislatures" ( PDF | Word ). Provide this model resolution (based on Oklahoma's resolution, HJR1003) to your state legislators if a Tenth Amendment resolution hasn't already been introduced in your state. "Tenth Amendment Movement: Taking On the Feds," by James Perloff, The New American, March 16, 2009. "Good News and Bad News for the Tenth Amendment Movement," March 4, 2009. "Oklahoma House Votes 83 to 13 to Restore Sovereignty Under the 10th Amendment Over All Powers Not Granted to the Federal Government," February 19, 2009. Includes link to state-by-state status chart with links to full-text of state resolutions (see this chart below). Related Articles "Oklahoma Senate Passes Bill Affirming State Sovereignty Over Those Powers Not Granted to the Federal Government by the Constitution," March 4, 2009. "Oklahoma House Passes Sovereignty Bill," WND, February 24, 2009. "Lawmakers in 20 States Move to Reclaim Sovereignty," WND, February 6, 2009. "Pre-emption preempted by Justice Thomas." Justice Clarence Thomas bases an important concurring opinion regarding the balance of power between the states and federal government squarely on the Tenth Amendment. March 5, 2009.
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