Senate Update: June 6, 2014

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Free Speech: S. J. Res. 19, a resolution that seeks to alter the First Amendment, was brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing this past Tuesday. This hotly debated legislation, introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), would amend the United States Constitution and dramatically stifle free speech in the political arena. Revising the Constitution in this manner would sanction more “top-down” control and, in turn, manipulate the election process by limiting political fundraising, spending, and contributions.  Further, by specifically enumerating and protecting the “freedoms of the press,” this act discounts our other vital freedoms of religion, assembly, petition, etc.

During the Judiciary Committee hearing attended by CWALAC staff, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) spoke out in defense of the First Amendment and against this resolution, pointing to the Bill of Rights as a set of precious freedoms derived from our Creator and enumerated by our Founding Fathers. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) also spoke out against this imposing bill, calling it a “scandalous” act.  Likewise, CWALAC reacted and sent to each Member on the Judiciary Committee a score letter stating our strong OPPOSITION to this resolution.

Take Action: Please come alongside Sens. Cruz, Grassley, and McConnell and the CWALAC team and urge your senator to strike down S. J. Res. 19!