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House Proceeding 03-22-10 on Mar 22nd, 2010 :: 0:30:35 to 0:36:10
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Louie Gohmert

0:30:32 to 0:30:54( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: him on this very important occasion. thank you very much, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. mr. burton from indiana. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> request to take the time and

Louie Gohmert

0:30:35 to 0:36:10( Edit History Discussion )
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Louie Gohmert

0:30:55 to 0:31:15( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. we have seen for some time the federal government since 1913 you supering states' rights.

Louie Gohmert

0:31:16 to 0:31:37( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: this federal government, house and senate with the come policity with both republican and democratic presidents sending to the states unfunded mandates demanding that they come up with millions and billions of dollars that they didn't ha, just out of the blue. we now come up with one that

Louie Gohmert

0:31:38 to 0:31:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: many states believe it will bankrupt them. how did we get here? well, in 1913, the constitutionally sanctioned process of electing senators was changed by the 17th amendment. that was put in the constitutio after great debate. and what it required was, that the state legislatures, the

Louie Gohmert

0:32:00 to 0:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: states select, not the overall populations of the states but the state legislatures they chose would select the u.s. that was a check and balance on the federal government's usurpation of states' senators because if anyone came up and voted an unfunded mandate, he

Louie Gohmert

0:32:24 to 0:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: was going to be quickly recalled as happened before. and i don't know hoi would have voted on the 17th amendment, because it sounded so good. we ought to let the people in the u.s. states elect our senators. and once that amendment was passed, there was no further check on states' rights and the protections afforded in the 9th

Louie Gohmert

0:32:47 to 0:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: and 10 amendments that reserved all power not specifically enumerated as it says here. in the 10th amendment, the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution nor prohibited by -- to the states are reserved to the states respectively or to the people. both republicans and democrats

Louie Gohmert

0:33:09 to 0:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: have violated that concept. and what could the state do about it? after 1913, they had no power to do anything about it. they didn't have an army as big as the united states. and we didn't want cessation again and didn't want another civil war.

Louie Gohmert

0:33:30 to 0:33:52( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: it should be done legislatively, diplomatically and within legislative bodies and within the framework of the u.s. constitution. well, the constitution, when it was drafted, addressed that point. and it's very clar. and perhaps it took a government to run away as with one state representative or governor said,

Louie Gohmert

0:33:53 to 0:34:13( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: the mother of all unfunded mandates. the states, there are 39 of them who have said we aren't going to take this anymore. we're going to do something whether it is legislative, litigatn, whatever. we're going to stop this. but the truth is, it may take years to get through the courts, to the supreme court. it may take years.

Louie Gohmert

0:34:14 to 0:34:35( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: so here's the solution. it was in the constitution all along. it's called article 5 of the united states constitution. now. we know that article 5 has been used many times by this first line, the congress, whenever 2/3 of both houses shall deem it

Louie Gohmert

0:34:36 to 0:34:59( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: necessary -- whe know that has been used many house and senate agree we need an amendment. so they called for the amendment to be produced. but something -- i haven't been able to find if it has been done before, but it can be. it's there. but, here it is.

Louie Gohmert

0:35:00 to 0:35:21( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: or, on the politics of the legislatures of 2/3 -- application of the legislatures of the 2/3 of the state, congress shall, not any choice, if 2/3 of the states apply and say, we want a convention, not a constitutional convention, because this can be restricted

Louie Gohmert

0:35:22 to 0:35:42( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: by the congress. but an amement, one amendment would be all that was necessary to return a check and balance on the federal government, give the state what the 9th and 10th amendments reserved to them. 2/3 of the states make application.

Louie Gohmert

0:35:43 to 0:36:03( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: congress shall call in a convention for proposing amendments not rewriting the constitution, and this is a procedural issue that the supremeourt has always said with regard to procedural issues, that's political, that's procedural. congress, you do it however you want to. we aren't going to issue a

Louie Gohmert

0:36:04 to 0:36:10( Edit History Discussion )

Louie Gohmert: decision. congress could -- this is how we return control and some sense of

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