Pennsylvania Lawmakers encourage supporters to join them at Capitol event
Politicians in Washington, D.C., have been exerting undue influence on the states and itâ€™s time for them to stop. Thatâ€™s the sentiment behind a rally Rep. Samuel E. Rohrer (R-128) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) will hold at noon on Monday in the Capitol Rotunda.
â€œIf you think the size and scope of the federal government has far exceeded our Founding Fathersâ€™ intentions, then we hope you come out Monday to support our cause,â€ Rohrer said. â€œFor too long, Congress and the president have been encroaching on policy areas that ought to be decided by the states. This rally is the equivalent of posting a â€˜no trespassingâ€™ sign.â€
The rally will focus on a resolution Rohrer is introducing in the House to defend Pennsylvaniaâ€™s sovereignty under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which reads:
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.
Folmer will introduce a sister resolution with language identical to Rohrerâ€™s in the Senate.
â€œWhen our country was founded, our Fathers envisioned a form of government in which the federal government served as an agent of the states â€“ not the states serving as an agent of the federal government,â€ said Folmer. â€œToday, federal legislation and funding compel states to serve the federal government, a total reversal of the structure originally intended.Â This rally seeks to remind federal officials of their constitutional limitations while affirming Pennsylvaniaâ€™s 10th Amendment rights.â€
The lawmakersâ€™ resolutions are part of a larger national trend of state lawmakers who are reasserting the sovereignty of their independent states under the 10th Amendment. At the rally, Rohrer and Folmer will be joined by lawmakers from other states who have introduced similar measures in their own state legislatures.
The rally is free to attend and open to the public. For more information about the rally or to acquire driving directions to the state Capitol, residents are encouraged to visit Rohrerâ€™s Web site at SamRohrer.com.
Rep. Samuel Rohrer
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Dan Massing
House Republican Public Relations