Dear Tea Party Patriots:
For the third legislative day in a row HB 1160-to keep Virginia from participating in the unlawful detention of its citizens under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act-has been passed by for the day in the House. The bill passed the House originally by a vote of 96-4 and it passed the Senate 39-1 in an amended form which still accomplishes what I was trying to do. However, because it was amended the new language has to be approved by the House. For some reason the House continues to allow it to be passed by for the day at the request of Delegate Barbara Comstock. I need you to notify your members and ask them to contact their delegates to demand a recorded vote on this bill, even if it is only on whether or not to pass the bill by for the day. A vote to pass it by for the day or a vote to kill the bill is a vote to continue to allow Virginia citizens to be threatened wth indefinite detention without legal counsel, specific charges or a speedy trial for being "suspected" of terrorism or associated with terrorism.
The reasons I have been given for why the House does not want to deal with this legislatio involve not "embarrassing" Virginia members of Congress who voted for the NDAA bill including apparently Congressman Frank Wolf, who's name has been invoked by Delegate Comstock. Now that these concerns have been brought to light it is the responsibility of Congress to fix the problem. But in the meantime I and the rest of the Virginia legislators have a duty to protect our citizens and uphold the Constitution.
Thank you for your help and support. Please see the Alert I put out on this issue below for more information. Please forward to any other Tea Party groups that might be interested in helping with this legislation. Folks can find out who their delegate is by going to http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/main?openform and can email them from there.
Delegate Bob Marshall
Paid for and Authorized by Friends of Bob Marshall