Walden Votes to Express 'Grave Disapproval' for Supreme Court's Decision to Diminish Private Property Rights; Cosponsors Property Rights Protection Act
Friday, July 1, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - Last night, U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) joined with colleagues from both sides of the aisle in support of House Resolution 340, which expresses the House of Representatives' "grave disapproval" of the Supreme Court's majority opinion on Kelo et al. vs. City of New London et al. This decision nullifies protections given to Americans under the Fifth Amendment that states "nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation."
Walden issued the following statement on the opinion issued by the Supreme Court on Monday and in support of last night's resolution:
"Oregonians have repeatedly made clear their support for private property rights, most recently with the passage of Measure 37. Therefore, the Supreme Court's decision that diminishes our right to our own property is a travesty in my opinion, and I think the Congress will - and should - take action to change the law and fix the problem.
"The resolution that we're approving tonight goes the first step by saying we are not going to stand for this and now were going to move legislatively with a way to really restore private property rights in our country.
"I think it's a bedrock principle that we shouldn't steer away from as the Supreme Court's decision would have us do."
Additionally yesterday, Walden became an original cosponsor of the "Private Property Rights Protection Act," bipartisan legislation introduced this evening by Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI). This Act would prevent the federal government, or any authority of the federal government, from using economic development as a justification for exercising its powers of eminent domain.