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Rep. Stewart Introduces Bill to De-Militarize Federal Regulatory Agencies
Rep. Chris Stewart ^ | 6/23/2014

Posted on 06/28/2014 5:43:39 AM PDT by markomalley

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) introduced the Regulatory Agency De-militarization (RAD) Act, which stems the trend of federal regulatory agencies developing SWAT-like teams.

In recent years, numerous federal regulatory agencies – including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Food and Drug Agency and the Department of Education – have created their own special law enforcement teams to conduct their own arrests and raids. This is in part a product of the 2002 Homeland Security Act, which gave most Offices of Inspector General arrest and firearm authority.

"It's disturbing to see the stories of federal regulators armed to the teeth and breaking into homes and businesses when there was no reason to think there would be resistance," Stewart said.

“I understand that federal agents must be capable of protecting themselves. But what we have observed goes far beyond providing necessary protection. When there are genuinely dangerous situations involving federal law, that’s the job of the Department of Justice, not regulatory agencies like the FDA or the Department of Education. Not only is it overkill, but having these highly-armed units within dozens of agencies is duplicative, costly, heavy handed, dangerous and destroys any sense of trust between citizens and the federal government.”

The RAD Act has three pieces:

1. Repeals the arrest and firearm authority granted to Offices of Inspectors General in the 2002 Homeland Security Act.

2. Prohibits federal agencies, other than those traditionally tasked with enforcing federal law—such as the FBI and U.S. Marshals, from purchasing machine guns, grenades, and other weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act.

3. Directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to write a complete report detailing all federal agencies, including Offices of Inspectors General, with specialized units that receive special tactical or military-style training and that respond to high-risk situations that fall outside the capabilities of regular law enforcement officers.

“The militarization of agencies is only a symptom of a much deeper and more troubling problem within Washington – that the federal government no longer trusts the American people,” Stewart said. “When all of us feel that we are no longer seen as citizens but as potential dangerous suspects – a relationship of trust is impossible. I’m working to restore and rebuild trust – beginning with this effort to defund paramilitary capabilities within federal regulatory agencies.”

Specific examples of the militarization of federal regulatory agencies include:

For the full text of the bill, click here.

Original Co-sponsors of the bill include: Representatives Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Mark Amodei (R-Nev.).


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Doubt that this will go anywhere (it's in the interest of the Uniparty to keep FEDGOV militarized), but I'm glad to see this anyway.
1 posted on 06/28/2014 5:43:39 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Great bill, but who will pass and sign it?


2 posted on 06/28/2014 5:45:56 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: markomalley

If the non LEO Federal agencies were totally disarmed, they would far less prone to abusing citizen rights.


3 posted on 06/28/2014 5:50:22 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: 1010RD
It's a great indicator of who is worthy of support.

/johnny

4 posted on 06/28/2014 5:52:02 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: markomalley

About time ! But the zero will veto it .


5 posted on 06/28/2014 6:00:16 AM PDT by piroque ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act")
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To: markomalley
Twenty-three seconds of Obama saying exactly what he plans to do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt7__VyAI28

6 posted on 06/28/2014 6:04:39 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: JPG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt7__VyAI28


7 posted on 06/28/2014 6:07:07 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: markomalley

Yes, a good move - one of hundreds, no, thousands that need to be made.

But they all will have to wait until the Repubs have all 3 houses. Nothing’s going anywhere until then.

And if we get all 3 - watch. The Repubs will forget why they were given power and blow it and do nothing.......sorry for being so cynical......


8 posted on 06/28/2014 6:17:40 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: markomalley
>>it's in the interest of the Uniparty to keep FEDGOV militarized<<

Just like the IRS. Gubbamint will never abolish the IRS even when offered many taxing alternatives that would dramatically reduce the size of the IRS...why?

It is governments strong arm against the American people. It is up to the American people to begin flooding the halls of these agencies and demanding the restoration of liberty and demanding abolition of the EPA, IRS, DHS, TSA and the like.

9 posted on 06/28/2014 6:20:48 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: SampleMan

I don’t want to see federal agents disarmed, I want to see them operating under exactly the same laws as other civilians.

In other words, if they want to carry, they should get a carry permit and operate under its limitations.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 6:23:34 AM PDT by jdege
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To: markomalley

It’s about time, but as others have commented, it will probably not go anywhere.


11 posted on 06/28/2014 6:27:07 AM PDT by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: markomalley

While I’m NOT holding my breath, we may be seeing an outbreak of TESTICLE GROWTH in DC.

And to answer the question will obozo sign it, the HOUSE STILL HOLDS THE PURSE STRINGS. We’re FINALLY hearing talk about SHUTTING OFF THE FRAUDS (Federal Reserve Accounting Unit Denominators erroneously called “dollars”) to agencies — INCLUDING DOJ — that refuse to follow the laws!!!

And it’s ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!!!


12 posted on 06/28/2014 6:30:24 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: markomalley

One of these days people will vehemently object. More and more. Not everyone is a steeple.


13 posted on 06/28/2014 6:34:02 AM PDT by Rannug ("all enemies, foreign and domestic")
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To: markomalley
Good move. About time.
I don't mind Federal agents having a sidearm for self defense like everyone else.
I want to see an end to heavily armed thugs with badges committing breaking and entering and violent home invasions under the color of law. That should not happen in America.
Only when a suspect has proven to be too dangerous to apprehend in any other way, then an agency may call on FBI to perform the arrest with a properly trained SWAT team.

14 posted on 06/28/2014 6:44:50 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: markomalley

Of course it won’t go anywhere. Ever since the Patriot Act EVERYTHING has been militarized in the U.S. The local police think they need SWAT for a traffic ticket.

Quite frankly, I think military service should disqualify you from the police force. We have seen a HUGE influx of our returning Vets becoming cops. It is a completely different job. It would be like me being a Sports Agent instead of a Prosecutor and vice versa. We’ve both had similar training but are completely wrong for the others job.

“Law and order” my a**.


15 posted on 06/28/2014 7:13:03 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: markomalley

Just repeal 18 USC 922 (o) so we can play with all the toys the .govs gets to play with.


16 posted on 06/28/2014 7:19:56 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: markomalley

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17 posted on 06/28/2014 7:20:32 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: JPG

Thanks for posting the video.


18 posted on 06/28/2014 7:27:31 AM PDT by charlie72
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To: markomalley

Oh heck yes! I have a new favorite congressman and his co-sponsoring peers!

Original Co-sponsors of the bill include: Representatives Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Billy Long (R-Mo.), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Mark Amodei (R-Nev.).


19 posted on 06/28/2014 7:54:14 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: markomalley
"This is in part a product of the 2002 Homeland Security Act, which gave most Offices of Inspector General arrest and firearm authority."

Wait... are they saying the IRS IG DOES have authority to make arrests?
Like in the email scandal?

20 posted on 06/28/2014 8:10:25 AM PDT by Suz in AZ
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To: markomalley

I’m writing my rep and senator asking they back this.


21 posted on 06/28/2014 9:47:42 AM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: markomalley
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22 posted on 06/28/2014 10:12:03 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Hmm...not surprising not one Dim as a co-sponsor.


23 posted on 06/28/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: markomalley

One of the roots of such wasteful, foolish, thuggish, and tyrannous government is the ease with which it can create almost unlimited amounts of money out of thin air. Near-infinite money buys near-infinite government, and a bureaucracy that is generously funded can entertain an open-ended dream about how to expand its realm.

Every day more people are coming to the judgment that a carefully organized effort to repair the constitution via the States’ power to propose and ratify amendments has less risk to our liberty and prosperity than the present trajectory of the federal government and especially the federal bureaucracy.

The first order of business of an Article V Convention must be to limit government’s ability to spend and create near-infinite amounts of money.


24 posted on 06/28/2014 3:20:27 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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