Lexington Resolution: United States Senate Accountability Act
This below resolution was passed at the Lexington county convention, and will now go to the resolutions committee. If the resolutions committee passes it, the resolution will be up for a vote at the state convention. However, before the resolutions committee votes, they want to know your opinion. Please use the comments section below to give us your opinion, and please use your real name. Thank you!
WHEREAS, the constitution for the United States of America, at Amendment Seventeen, specifies that the Untied States Senators are “elected by the People” (Clause 1). Said constitutions in Article V, further states that “no State, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate,” and
WHEREAS, Nothing has altered the constitutional responsibility of the United Sates Senate to be the voice of the states in the federal government; and neither did the 17th Amendment change the obligations of these United States Senators as to their role in the Federal Legislature; and
WHEREAS, The specific duties of United States Senators revolve around those subjects that affect or states jointly and severally, such as international treaties, long-term executive and court appointments, impeachments, and like affairs; and
WHEREAS, Even though now popularly elected following the enactment of the 17th Amendment, United States Senators are, in face Representatives of the State Legislature of the State form which they are elected, and as such, should be accountable to the same for their conduct; and
WHEREAS, the will of this General Assembly is to be expressed in the federal government by and through the two United States Senators elected by the People thereof, yet over the past decades, strings of resolutions on diverse subject matter have been forwarded to our United States Senators to no avail; and
WHEREAS, the best interests of the people of our state, and the common welfare of our state generally, would be much better served if our state assembly passed a law requiring the United States Senators to appear before them in joint session at least once in each legislative session whereby they would be formally and more completely served with information about the sense of the legislature on federal subjects, and therefore they would become much more familiar with the general will of the people of the State.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED BY Lexington Pelion 1 that we express our desire fro the stat legislative delegation of this Lexington to introduce or sponsor an Act designed to hold accountable the United States Senators of this State to the Legislature thereof, consistent with the intent and purpose of the Constitution for the United States of America; and be it further
RESOLVED that this Act contain provisions to both require the presence of the United State Senators before a joint session of the Legislature at least once in each calendar year, and that provisions be made by this Act to hold accountable in real and punitive terms the United States Senator in the event either should fail or neglect to act as the suffrage voice of the Assembly in the federal legislature.
Done this 15th day of March in the 2011th year of our Lord and the 234th year of our republic by Pelion 1 Precinct to be considered and adopted by Lexington County Republican convention and South Carolina Republican convention.
Pelion 1, Pelion 2, Pine Ridge 2