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. SMJ

    So don't take any money, then. It's all or nothing, IDIOTS! That's more for the states who want to go back to work...

    March 6, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. JAE

    John:
    You're right. Too bad the morons can't figure that out. With some of them, ok most, if they had a brain, they'd be dangerous! Hopefully it ALWAYS STAYS AS A REPUBLIC TOO!!!

    March 6, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. proud army navy mom

    With the unemployment rate at a 25 year high, these idiot governors are willing to stand on their (non-existent) morals while their citizens suffer. I say take names and get them out of office as soon as possible,

    March 6, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. Comradio

    You think these people are being rowled up for elections in 2010? Naive. Its civil war that's coming.

    March 6, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  5. Jean

    The Federal governments job is to protect us, fix some roads, and some minor social programs.

    The Federal government needs to get out of our lives.

    March 6, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  6. Clark

    The states do not have the right to interpret the US constitution, which is reserved to the US Supreme Court, and federal statutes override state statutes when there is a conflict.

    This is a indeed a federal republic and once a state is in, it must conform to federal law and does not have the option to ignore those laws (or to leave, as of 1865!). The Tenth Amendment argument does not really work, because basically that amendment was rendered useless and invalid by the Fouteenth Amendment which effectively extended federal law to all the states.

    March 6, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. cedgar

    Please read the 10th amendment of the Constitution of The United States.
    For the Federal Government to attached strings on Federal Funds mandating how the funds are to be used and if not no further funds will be provided is unconstitutional.
    Each state has their own state laws and for the Federal Government
    to try and make the states change there state laws (these are voted by
    the citizens of each state) is very much against the US Constitution.
    We as a country were never suppose to be governed by a central
    Federal government.

    March 6, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. amazing

    first you don't vote for it but now you want " on your terms...hey that;'s a start i guess

    March 6, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. Tom in CA

    Well...if the feds have overstepped their constitutional powers, then the states don't need to take the money. Let these governor's explain why they are too stupid to take the money!

    Give me a break...what a bunch of dummies! If the Repugs want to follow this strategy, then they'll won't be able to control either the Executive or the Legislative branches for at least 10-15 years.

    March 6, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. light

    how about they don't accept the funding and then do don't have to do anything? You can't have it both ways.

    March 6, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. Andy

    The red state governors should leave it all on the table. After all, they have already garnered Katrina money for reconstruction(see Jindal of Louisana and Barbour from Mississippi). What more do they need.

    March 6, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  12. cedgar

    I know my other post will not go through. So just let me state this
    the two post here as most American's HAVE NO CLUE HOW THE
    Constitution and The Bill of Rights Work or for that matter how government function. I bet they think Biden was right in his debate
    about Cheney. lol

    March 6, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. Rob

    Check your history, folks. MANY parts of the New Deal were killed by the Supreme Court due to their trampling of states rights. Stimulus has its limits, and the states have a right to challenge the federal government. This is a republic, NOT an autocracy (regardless of Pelosi's POV).

    March 6, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Yes, the reluctant Republicans will do their best to avoid changing the old status quo of corruption, inequity, iniquity, and abuse. They are a dying breed, thank God. Change is inevitable: the only constant in the universe.
    The good ole boys are on the way out.

    March 6, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  15. Alicia

    Funny, they gave George Bush a Blank Check! But, now they have this 'Let them eat cake' about their constituents. Sad. Sad.

    But, their leader be da man....no wait the leader is Rush Limbot. Uh-oh...I better watch myself. I'm sorry Rush!!!!!

    ** I am so fortunate to be from Pennsylvania with the great Senator Arlen Specter who put Pennsylvanians ahead of his career! Go Senator Specter!!!!

    March 6, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Chris, Portland, OR

    I vote liberal 90% of the time. And while I'm suspicious that this is just a political bluff to get attention, I do agree that the federal government has been overreaching for over a decade and needs to back down. Too bad the republicans have been hypocritical, basically ignoring when Bush trampled over our freedoms... I guess it goes to show both national political parties have failed and should be split apart!

    March 6, 2009 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Kelly

    Don't want to go by the rules, then don't take the money. How much more simple can you get?

    March 6, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. JT

    This is the most two-faced group of people that ever gather together. You guys are making Reagan real proud.

    March 6, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Reggie

    What is up with the destructive people in the Republican party, they have lost all brain cells. It is killing them that Obama is President, they will say and do anything to make him look bad so that their party can regain some power back. With them it is the party that matters.

    March 6, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  20. R in Maine

    If they do not want the money, don't give it to them. Just publicize who made the decision.

    March 6, 2009 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Sarty

    At the expense of American jobs? You Repugnants.

    March 6, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. Reggie

    These people never did any of this under ex President Bush, their true colors are showing with a big stain in the middle.

    March 6, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  23. Cindy

    So, these states are going to secede from the US? After they take the money, or before? These are tough times. Breaking apart is not the answer. But if that's what these states want to do, happy trails, my friend...

    March 6, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Military4OBAMA

    Honestly the States will have to agree to reform, take the money or go bust. States right, yeah, I guess when Bush was sending the States National Guard oversea's it was OK. Only Cali Governor and Sebelius of Kansas decided to fight bush on the issue. The GOP and the bigots are so full of it. They are fighting a loosing battle. REFORM NOW or go BOOM! VOTE CHANGE, SAY NO TO THE GOP IN 2010!

    March 6, 2009 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  25. Mighty

    These are some of the most ignorant, elected official I've ever come across. These republican are more ideological and bandwagon hustlers. The are unable to be critical independent thinkers. They are downright stupid.

    March 6, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
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