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Tenth Amendment Resolution Touching a Nerve-Rep. Charles Key

 

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Rep. Charles Key: “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the Democrats taking over in Congress. That probably has caused a lot of people to feel more concerned about how big the federal government has gotten and how much it has intruded into our lives.”
  


By MICHAEL McNUTT, CHRIS CASTEEL AND JULIE BISBEE NewsOK.com
Published: 5/7/2009  2:31 AM
Last Modified: 5/7/2009  4:25 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Charles Key says his resolution seeking to declare Oklahoma’s sovereignty is touching a nerve with people across the country.

“I’m getting flooded with e-mails, phone calls, requests for interviews,” Key said Wednesday after an article in The Oklahoman about his efforts to rein in federal spending and mandates was picked up on a national Web site.

“Even my personal e-mail, they’re somehow getting that. This is really resonating with people all over the country”

Key, R-Oklahoma City, said he is scheduled to appear on three radio talk shows Thursday, and he’s booked to be interviewed Saturday on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s cable network program.

“It tells me that there’s a strong feeling about how far we’ve gone over a long period of time,” Key said. “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the FLOODED WITH ATTENTION
Rep. Charles Key: “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the Democrats taking over in Congress. That probably has caused a lot of people to feel more concerned about how big the federal government has gotten and how much it has intruded into our lives.”  

 

By MICHAEL McNUTT, CHRIS CASTEEL AND JULIE BISBEE NewsOK.com
Published: 5/7/2009  2:31 AM
Last Modified: 5/7/2009  4:25 AM

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Charles Key says his resolution seeking to declare Oklahoma’s sovereignty is touching a nerve with people across the country.

“I’m getting flooded with e-mails, phone calls, requests for interviews,” Key said Wednesday after an article in The Oklahoman about his efforts to rein in federal spending and mandates was picked up on a national Web site.

“Even my personal e-mail, they’re somehow getting that. This is really resonating with people all over the country”

Key, R-Oklahoma City, said he is scheduled to appear on three radio talk shows Thursday, and he’s booked to be interviewed Saturday on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s cable network program.

“It tells me that there’s a strong feeling about how far we’ve gone over a long period of time,” Key said. “I don’t think it really has to do with our current president or the Democrats taking over in Congress.

“That probably has caused a lot of people to feel more concerned about how big the federal government has gotten and how much it has intruded into our lives.”

The frustration has been growing since the early months of the George W. Bush administration in 2001, Key said.

Republicans and others have expressed concerns over the growth of the federal government, increased federal spending and programs that gave the government easier access to personal information.

Key’s proposal, House Concurrent Resolution 1028, passed the House on Monday, just 10 days after Gov.

 

Brad Henry vetoed a similar bill. It passed the House 73-22 and now goes to the Senate.

Henry vetoed Key’s earlier measure, House Joint Resolution 1003, because he said it suggested, among other things, that Oklahoma should return federal tax dollars.

Unlike the earlier measure, HCR 1028 does not need the governor’s signature if it passes the Senate. It’s simply a nonbinding resolution that expresses the sentiment of the majority of legislators.

Key said HCR 1028, if passed, would be sent to President Barack Obama and Congress. It would not jeopardize federal funds but would tell Congress to “get back into their proper constitutional role,” he said.

The resolution states that the federal government should “cease and desist” mandates that are beyond the scope of its powers.

Key said many federal laws violate the 10th Amendment, which says powers not delegated to the U.S. government “are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

The Constitution lists about 20 duties required of the U.S. government, he said.

Oklahoma’s mostly Republican congressional delegation also supports the measure.

Don Tatro, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said Coburn “absolutely supports what they’re doing. He thinks it is a terrific idea. He thinks Congress should uphold the Constitution

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