Congressman Jim McGovern rules! From his stance on Cuba to his committment to the poor and his fight against hunger in Worcester – and throughout the world! – McGovern has always stood for the right thing (even if it meant taking some heat at home). He’ll always be our congressman! Why? Because besides having a great heart, Jim also brings home a ton of $$ for all Worcester’s pet projects and has lots of clout in Congress. I can’t imagine anyone else representing us. Here’s what he’s up to these days:
News from Congressman Jim McGovern
The People’s Rights Amendment
By Congressman Jim McGovern
Late last year, I introduced a Constitutional Amendment in the House of Represenatives to repeal the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, and restore the Founding Fathers’ intent to grant rights to people, not corporations.
As any high school civics student knows, the first three words of the preamble to the Constitution are ‘We the People.’ Corporations are not people. They do not breathe. They do not have children. They do not die in war. They are artificial entities which we the people create and, as such, we govern them, not the other way around.
The legislation, H.J. Res 88, is intended to “clarify the authority of Congress and the States to regulate corporations, limited liability companies or other corporate entities established by the laws of any state, the United States, or any foreign state.”
The Citizens United case effectively reversed decades of precedent recognizing the authority of the people to regulate corporate spending in our elections. But the consequences of the case are not just limited to campaign finance issues. The newfound “Corporate Rights” movement that seeks to give corporations the same rights as people in any situation has been making troubling gains.
Recently, a federal judge blocked the Food and Drug Administration from requiring tobacco companies to place graphic warning labels on cigarette packages, arguing that cigarette makers had the right to free speech.
My amendment also clearly protects the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion and freedom of association.
We need to have a serious, thoughtful debate in this country about this important issue and I hope that my amendment will begin to spur that debate.
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