Justice

Judicial Activism is a troubling trend within our federal court system. Many judges are injecting ideology into their decisions instead of applying the law. Several pieces of legislation are aimed at putting a halt to this alarming practice. I support a number of measures to protect what I believe is open hostility to religious institutions and traditions by overzealous courts. I am a cosponsor of two bills that particularly stand up for the religious freedoms of Americans. The first bill seeks to restrict the jurisdiction of federal courts on cases involving religious freedoms. The second bill, known as the Prayer Amendment, prohibits courts from interfering in matters regarding the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance, school prayer, and the national motto.

I am also a sponsor of the Congressional Accountability for Judicial Activism Act (H.R. 3073). This legislation would permit Congress, by a two-thirds vote, to overrule certain future decisions of the Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of an Act of Congress. This legislation is necessary in order to restore an appropriate balance of power between Congress and the courts. I believe the legislative branch most directly represents the will of the American people and should not be usurped by the opinions of an unelected few on the bench.

The June 2005 Supreme Court ruling in the case of Kilo v. City of New London vastly broadened the parameters under which private land can be seized. The Court ruled that private land may be seized for private development made to improve the public good. This ruling goes too far and infringes on the rights of landowners. I was proud to cosponsor of a resolution to condemn the Supreme Court for this decision. This resolution passed the house 365-33. I am hopeful that future steps can be taken to protect the rights of property owners and reverse this flawed decision.

Other Legislation Supported:


• Cosponsored legislation to restrict the ability of activist judges to infringe on the basic values of Americans (HR 1100, HR 1070).