On Tuesday, Citizens United announced a campaign to raise awareness about a proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit members of Congress from exempting themselves from federal laws. H.J. Resolution 55, sponsored by Congressmen Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), has been introduced in order to stop the sort of abuses attendant on the passage of Obamacare, in which members of Congress crafted waiver language carving them out of laws they meant to prescribe on everyone else.
DeSantis stated, “We introduced H.J. Res. 55 the morning that news broke that Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had reached a deal with the Obama Administration to provide special Obamacare subsidies for Members of Congress and their staff. This amendment is vital to ensure that every American plays by the same rules no matter if you are a member of the Washington elite or a small business owner in Daytona Beach.”
Salmon added, “”I think over the years Americans have probably gotten more incensed about Congress exempting themselves from certain laws that we end up passing on to the citizens as if Members of Congress are part of an aristocracy. Every individual out there that cares about this Constitutional Republic should get on the phone and call their Member of Congress and urge them to support H.J. Res 55.”
Citizens United President David Bossie explained that the group had crafted a video call-to-action for the grassroots, which can be viewed here. He concluded, “Members of the Washington elite should not live by a separate set of laws and this important video is a call-to-action urging the grassroots to support H.J. Res. 55 – call your Member of Congress today.”