Sen. Paul Introduces "Write the Laws Act" as promisedSubmitted by Matt Sterba on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 13:30
AKRON, Ohio, July 18, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
"Legislation without representation: Every day new laws are imposed on you by people who aren't elected," says Jim Babka, President of DownsizeDC.org, Inc. "But that could change, thanks to Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who has introduced our 'Write the Laws Act' (WTLA) in the Senate."
"WTLA would prohibit unelected bureaucrats from passing laws and compel the elected Congress do its job," Babka explains. "WTLA would require that all laws, even the ones called 'regulations,' be passed by the people's representatives in Congress."
"It's frankly un-Constitutional to impose on the people without first consulting them, through their elected representatives," declares Babka. Pointing to the legal concept of "separation of powers" Babka continues, "Regulation without representation is an unconstitutional delegation of powers."
By introducing WTLA (S. 3361), Senator Paul fulfills a campaign promise. But he's also addressing a passion he has for accountability.
Paul is already the lead sponsor, in the Senate, for the REINS Act, which works from the opposite direction on a very similar problem. "As we have seen at the EPA and FCC, unelected bureaucrats can advance a radical agenda when it loses legislatively or in the courts."
WTLA requires that . . .
•Any rules that citizens must obey must be passed solely by Congress, with no details left to bureaucrats.
•Americans must be held blameless, in the courts, against any rules created in violation of this requirement.
•Previous grants of legislative power to bureaucrats must be identified, so that Congress can efficiently exercise its prerogative to repeal or reform them.
Babka commends Senator Paul for keeping his word. "It's a rare politician that honors his promises. Now we can begin to collect Senate co-sponsors for this vital reform," Babka concluded.