The following is a sample 10th Amendment House Concurrent Resolution approved by the Tenth Amendment Center. Activists, we encourage you to send this to your state senators and representatives – and ask them to introduce this resolution in your state.

A RESOLUTION affirming the sovereignty of the People of the State of _________.

WHEREAS, in the American system, sovereignty is defined as final authority, and the People, not government, are sovereign; and

WHEREAS, the people of the State of __________ are not united with the People of the other forty-nine states that comprise the United States of America on a principle of unlimited submission to their federal government; and

WHEREAS, all power not delegated by the people to government is retained; and

WHEREAS, the People of the several States comprising the United States of America created the federal government to be their agent for certain enumerated purposes only; and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people;” and

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that which has been delegated by the people to the federal government in the Constitution of the United States, and also that which is necessary and proper to carry into execution those enumerated powers; with the rest being left to state governments or the people themselves; and

WHEREAS, powers, too numerous to list for the purposes of this resolution, have been exercised, past and present, by federal administrations, under the leadership of both Democrats and Republicans, which infringe on the sovereignty of the people of this state, and may further violate the Constitution of the United States; and

WHEREAS, when powers are assumed by the federal government which have not been delegated to it by the People, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy; that without this remedy, the People of this State would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whoever might exercise this right of judgment for them.


CONCURRING, that we hereby affirm the sovereignty of the People of the State of _______ under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise delegated to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall serve as a Notice and Demand to the federal government to cease and desist any and all activities outside the scope of their constitutionally-delegated powers; and, it be further

RESOLVED, that a committee of conference be appointed by this legislature, which shall have as its charge to recommend and propose legislation which would have the effect of nullifying specific federal laws and regulations which are outside the scope of the powers delegated by the People to the federal government in the Constitution; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that a committee of correspondence be appointed, which shall have as its charge to communicate the preceding resolutions to the Legislatures of the several States; to assure them that this State continues in the same esteem of their friendship as currently exists;  that it considers union, for specified national purposes, and particularly those enumerated in the Constitution of the United States, to be friendly to the peace, happiness and prosperity of all the States; and, be it further

RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker and the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, and to each member of this State’s Congressional delegation with the request that this resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.

43 thoughts on “10th Amendment Resolution

  1. keith

    I want to see a map of the U.S. showing what states are in or out.

  2. Turophile in Wisc

    Certified copies should also be transmitted to the U.S. Supreme Court justices to remind them who they, in fact, work for.

  3. We need to see the list of acts that are already violating the Tenth, so that we can add the Health Care Reform bill when it passes. This list will astonish Americans! This will motivate voters to throw the bums out!

  4. Tommy W. cartwright

    Tommy W. Cartwright
    We need to repeal the 17th amendment and gain contorl of our senators and representatives. Once this is done we can better control the federal government.

  5. William P. Etheridge

    It is time to take States rights back and stop Big Federal spending in it's tracks.
    I want the Constitution of the United States to be respected by all U.S. Governments from my city of Snellville, GA to the Federal Legislature.

  6. Peskyone

    As a resident of one of the states that passed this resolution, I do not support this legislation. The Federal government ought to respond in the extreme. Example–a state ratifying this resolution would not be allowed to sell food stuffs across state lines because they'd pull the FDA inspectors out of the processing plants. Conversely, no foodstuffs from non ratification states with FDA inspectors would be permitted to be shipped to a state ratifying this legislation.

    • So – if a state passes a non-binding resolution like this one…one that affirms their support for the constitution, you propose to try to starve the people who live there? And, where do you think the federal government has the authority to BAN the sales of food across state lines?

      Sounds to me like you must have been a big supporter of the Bush administration.

  7. Liberal_Revolution

    I wrote a cover letter expressing my fear of federal takeover and urged both Reps of PA and our senator to INVOKE THE TENTH!!
    Will report back if I recieve any response.

    "If there is nothing in your life you would die for, then what is it you live for?" -unknown

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