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Oklahoma sovereignty measure draws interest

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT, CHRIS CASTEEL and JULIE BISBEE Modified: May 7, 2009 at 8:23 am •  Published: May 7, 2009

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 the federal government should "cease and desist” mandates that are beyond the scope of its powers.

Key said many 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.”

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

Don Tatro, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said Coburn "absolutely supports what they’re doing.”

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, the lone Democrat in Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, said the country’s economic situation has warranted a wider reach for Congress.

"I certainly understand the desire to be free of unfunded mandates from the federal government,” said Boren, of Muskogee. "Congress is charged with the duty to regulate commerce among several states for the general welfare of our country. When viewed in this way, I feel there was constitutional justification for Congress’ recent efforts to stabilize our economy.”

"I can appreciate the intent of the authors of this resolution to ensure that the federal government does not overrun our local governments.”

Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa

"I’m glad to see the Oklahoma state Legislature stepping up to the plate to demand a change of course in Washington. This is a fight I am waging every single day.”

Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa

"I applaud the Oklahoma state Legislature for demanding the federal government halt their continued interference in the private markets at the expense of American taxpayers. Since convening this session, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama have overstepped their constitutional authority and wasted hundreds of billions of dollars bailing out one failed company after another with almost nothing to show.”

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne

"The resolution passed by the state Legislature is an extension of the frustration felt by many Oklahomans over unwanted federal intrusion. In the first few months of this year, the Obama administration and the leaders of this Congress have presided over an unprecedented growth in the power and scope of the federal government.” Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City


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