A Relief Bill on the Way - Private Property

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I have never heard of a position my Senator, John Cornyn (R-Tx), has held which I agreed with, until now. Sen. Cornyn introduced a bill on Monday called "Protection of Homes, Small Businesses, and Private Property Act of 2005." I will email Sen. Cornyn with a shocking message that I actually support him in this measure. It will be a first.

I learned of this bill on 84 Rules, a conservative blog, where it states:

The Cornyn legislation, introduced Monday, would prohibit transfers of private property without the owner's consent if federal funds were used; and if the transfer was for purposes of economic development rather than public use.

"It is appropriate for Congress to take action ... to restore the vital protections of the Fifth Amendment and to protect homes, small businesses, and other private property rights against unreasonable government use of the power of eminent domain," Cornyn said.

"This legislation would declare Congress's view that the power of eminent domain should be exercised only for 'public use,' as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment," Cornyn said. "Most importantly, the power of eminent domain should not be used simply to further private economic development."

Cornyn's legislation would clarify that 'public use' shall not be construed to include economic development.

I strongly urge readers here to contact their representatives and tell them to support this immensely important bill.

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