Last Chance for Federal Eminent Domain Reform!
- cwalsh@... writes:
Congress convened its lame duck session today and has only 10 days to pass
federal eminent domain reform.
As you know, H.R. 4128 - passed by the House in October 2005 by an
overwhelming vote of 376-38 - never made it out of Senate Judiciary Committee. To
avoid this logjam, Senator Inhofe introduced an identical version of the bill
in September (S. 3873), which went straight to the floor of the Senate.
Unfortunately, it faced another obstacle: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
refused to allow a vote on this vital legislation.
This legislation would give Congress the power to discourage eminent domain
abuse by withholding federal funds from those cities that seize private
property for private developers - like the city that tried to take Susette Kelo’s
home, New London, Conn., which received $2 million in federal funds and took
eight years of her life.
Senator Frist and the entire Senate now have a second and final chance to
provide such federal protections to America’s home and small business owners.
Contact Senator Frist and your own senators TODAY and tell them to support
H.R. 4128 and S. 3873.
1. Contact Senator Bill Frist at 202-224-3344
2. Contact both of your own senators (you can find their phone numbers here:
http://www.castlecoalition.org/legislation/senators.html, or you can e-mail
them here: _https://action.popuvox.com/default.aspx?actionID=286_
IT'S NOW OR NEVER. If H.R. 4128/S. 3873 don’t pass this month, the fight
for federal eminent domain protections will have to start all over again in the
new term. It is in the Senate’s hands to decide whether the 109th Congress
will be remembered as a friend or foe to the thousands of home and small
business owners, tenants, churches and farms threatened by eminent domain
Assistant Castle Coalition Coordinator
Institute for Justice