As the federal government works tirelessly to reduce state governments to nothing more than administrative units of the central authority, there are a handful of lawmakers who understand the proper limited role of the federal government and are working to decentralize power and restore states to their proper preeminence.
Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), (shown in photo) has introduced the “Restoring the 10th Amendment Act.” The bill, which Wicker has offered in every congressional session since 2010, would enable states to dispute federal regulations and executive orders.
“Small businesses, families, and individuals around the country are right to be frustrated with the growing size of their government,” Wicker said. “My bill stresses the need for constitutional checks and balances on executive power and gives states and the American people a tool to challenge federal overreach.”
The “Restoring the 10th Amendment Act,” S. 1632, makes any rule proposed by federal agencies or the president subject to constitutional challenge if state officials determine that it infringes on the 10th Amendment.
“I remain committed to limiting the size and scope of the federal government. Enacting this legislation would be a step toward greater accountability and limited federal power,” Wicker said.
Although the latest text of Wicker’s bill is not yet published, his office told The New American that it would be nearly identical to the version proposed in the last Congress. That brief bill declared:
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