The House just passed a resolution disapproving of Kelo v. New London, the recent Supreme Court case that annihilated private property.

Passed: 365-33 (see complete tally)

The House passed this resolution expressing disapproval of Kelo v New London, the recent Supreme Court decision concerning eminent domain. In the 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that local governments can seize people’s property for private development. Susette Kelo of New London, CT, brought the suit when the city of New London seized her home to turn it over to a private developer. Opponents contend the decision gives the government too much control over people’s private property. The "takings" clause of the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution allows local governments to take land for the public good.

Big deal. The House could have passed a bill that would have outlawed this kind of behavior by the federal and local governments (with Senate agreement) rather than merely shaking its collective finger and tut-tutting. I demand further action.



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