March 6th, 2009
05:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Stimulus raises state sovereignty issues

Some state lawmakers are pushing for sovereignty from the federal government.
Some state lawmakers are pushing for sovereignty from the federal government.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican lawmakers from more than 20 states across the country are willing to take federal funding, but only on their terms.

From Montana to South Carolina, lawmakers in mostly red states have pushed ahead with measures calling for state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment, saying the federal government has overstepped its bounds with the stimulus package. The states are calling for the right to ignore laws they deem unconstitutional.

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  1. John, Brooklyn, NY

    These governors need to get over this. Nullification of federal laws by states was squashed thanks to the Civil War. This is NOT a confederacy, it is a republic.

    March 6, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    "Sovreignty - or however you spell it - I'm only a teacher - just saying - I want to spit up in my mouth!

    March 6, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. mary,florida

    No one has a gun to their heads except themselves.What else is new.

    March 6, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Michael

    With any luck, the aptly-named Red states may eventually try to seperate as did the always brilliant South 148-years-ago. I wonder if that happens - Please, Jesus...please! - whether anyone will try to make them stay this time.

    March 6, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. sandee in Portland

    @John, you are so right. If they don't want the money w/the conditions attached, then don't take it. The southern states still think it's a confederacy.

    March 6, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    This is so dumb. We already had a war over this. Do people in these states know that or do Republicans just hate America as a whole? What's with the GOP these days?

    March 6, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. Brad of IL.

    I'm for that !!!!!!! Let me know which states are going too do this please. My family and I would join in this project. Let Obama rule 20 states then the rest of America can tell him too take a flying leap

    March 6, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. Simmy

    This sounds like the "American Confederate States" rebellion re-surfacing. I think they first appeared in 1861. Remember that "Civil War" tragedy" How about the "War Between The States?" These 20 Republicans are not happy with the way the country is being run. They want to start a rebellion against the Federal Government. They feel that they represent the beliefs of the citizens of this country, and other representatives don't. They further stated that, "we...need to work to keep the government small, limited, and efficient."

    In other words, they want to secede from the Union again. They can't tolerate the amount of the Stimulus Package, but big spending that went to Iraq and other countries was fine. Never a whimper was heard when the dictatorship of Bush was in power. Now every day it's the same old repeated sound bites, or something new they find to criticize. They use the "Limbaugh Handbook" to get their talking points, then go full steam ahead with their "No" campaign.

    I'd like to see them not accept the money, and try existing on their own. The citizens of their states would start a revolution against them that would not be pretty.

    March 6, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. minnie

    Does anyone else see the irony in Rush Limbaugh's inability to live his conservative values when it comes to gluttony?

    March 6, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. p1ayb0i

    This is so typical of conservative Republicans-- if they don't like something, they want to ignore it and pretend it has no authority. Last time i checked, I thought they had to go through the court system to get a ruling about what was constitutional or not......this is all politics at it's worse, whether you like the stimulis package or not.

    March 6, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. Dexter Skagway

    Funny, these people were strangely silent when Bush was the one overstepping the constitution.

    Lots of fine hypocrisy these days as both parties are now outraged at what they themselves were doing not too long ago.

    March 6, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Franky

    "Republican lawmakers from more than 20 states across the country are willing to take federal funding, but only on their terms."

    That's funny, that's like saying..."Ohh we don't need help, we are pretty cool...but if we need it, we'll let you know." LOL!!

    Talk about losing weight when you only exercise for only 5 minutes...

    March 6, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  13. aware

    Right, and Reid says he will force them to accept power lines across their states whether they like it or not! :(

    Wake up America!

    March 6, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. Linda

    They're smart. After the intial stimulus money is spent on the state, the state is required to continue funding whatever program it was that the Federal gov't made them start. This funding is from the state taxpayers. Uh, no thanks for the "gift"

    March 6, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Rob

    I'd rather all of us who live in states between the coasts just secede and form a new nation that has Heartland values and will charge all you coasters boocoos of bacon for "flyover" states. We could call our new country Heartland, where there are states' rights and no values to clarify. That's really change I can believe in.

    March 6, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. maristi

    What nonsense.

    Republicans keep kowtowing to dittoheads.

    Meanwhile they are hurting the Country, and losing whatever little support they still have among the next generation of voters and the educated.

    March 6, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. gl, Pittsburgh

    Who died and left the Republican in charged. They lose and need to quit whiinning.

    March 6, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Jeff

    What grandstanding.

    Did Republican governors use "state sovereignty" as an excuse to refuse federal projects during that prior crisis called WW2?

    March 6, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  19. annie - Palin 2012

    Good for these states! Both states and Americans are going to have to standup and say ENOUGH. NO MORE LYING, CORRUPT POLITICIANS. They either stay true to what they say in their campaigns or they are thrown out!

    March 6, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. Les

    @john, Brooklyn, NY
    @mary, florida

    READ THE US CONSTITUTION! Your comments shows your ignorance of the law

    March 6, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  21. ltd1974

    I guess rush is the face of the repubs. and its sad what rush said about Ted Kennedy and not one GOP tell rush enought is enought.

    March 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. gl, Pittsburgh

    The ALL WHITE PEOPLE STATE REFUSING THE MONEY BECASUE THEY ARE RICH AND STILL THINK THE ECONOMY IS STRONG. It will have to be up to their const. to vote them nuts out of office. Republicans only look out for their own..

    March 6, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  23. darko

    Get a clue john from Brooklyn... state sovereignty didn't go anywhere with the civil war. It's right there in the 10th amendment and hasn't changed.

    It's about time someone remembered the idea behind federalism.

    March 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  24. JON

    FOR ALL THOSE STATES " DON'T TAKE THE MONEY" !!!! THEY SEEM TO FORGET THIS IS BEING PAID FOR BY ALL AMERICANS NOT JUST FROM THEIR STATE. WE ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW HOW THE MONEY IS BEING SPENT. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE TERMS THEN DON'T SIGN THE CONTRACT.

    March 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  25. bigbill

    Fine. Put their money on hold, and publicize to their constituents the authors of this craziness, and everyone who voted for it. Better yet, give the other states their money.

    March 6, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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