Utah votes unanimously for Soviet style national ID card
Whenever Congress names a bill that makes you sound like a monster for opposing it (“Patriot act” if you oppose this, you aren’t a patriot, “No child left behind” you want children left behind if you oppose this, etc) you should run in the other direction as fast as you can. The “Girls Count Act” (S. 802), and by the way, you think girls don’t count if you oppose this, is no different. The Orwellian name goes right along with how the bill was passed… in secret. That’s right, there is no official record of how your elected official in the House or Senate voted on this piece of legislation.
Orwellian name, no official record of how congress voted, what could go wrong?
Defending Utah contacted the office of each member of Utah’s congressional delegation to find out how they voted, if they would tell us.
Mike Lee: Yes. Defending Utah called Mike Lee’s office for a comment on the Constitutionally delegated authority to vote for this bill. The first response from staff was assurance that Senator Lee would read the bill before voting on it. When we reminded the staffer that it had already been voted on, the staffer asked us to hold. When she returned to the line, her response was that she did not have that information.
Orrin Hatch: yes
Chris Stewart: yes
Mia Love: Staffers did not know and could not find out her position
Rob Bishop: Staffer said that the House doesn’t vote on senate bills, when I explained to her that yes, they do vote on senate bills, she went to go ask and said that Bishop voted for it.
Jason Chaffetz: no vote gallbladder surgery.
“directs the US government to work with multinational organizations and private entities on imposing registration, identification, and documentation laws on people around the world. As is often the case with legislation intended to increase government power and expand foreign intervention, HR 3398 presents as its justification helping the children—girls in particular this time.
Section 3(1) of the bill defines the policy of the US government as follows:
SEC. 3. STATEMENT OF POLICY.
It is the policy of the United States to—
(1) encourage countries to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and enact laws that ensure girls and boys of all ages are full participants in society, including requiring birth certifications and some type of national identity card to ensure that all citizens, including girls, are counted;
Subsections (b) and (c) of Section 4 of the bill establish the roles of the US Secretary of State and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in working with multinational organizations and private entities to “collect data on girls” and impose registration, identification, and documentation laws on people worldwide:
SEC. 4. UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT COUNTING OF GIRLS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD.
(b) COORDINATION WITH MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS.—The Secretary shall coordinate with the World Bank, relevant United Nations agencies and programs, and other relevant organizations to urge and work with countries to enact, implement, and enforce laws that specifically collect data on girls and establish registration and identification laws to ensure girls are active participants in the social, economic, legal and political sectors of society in their countries.
(c) COORDINATION WITH PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS.—The Secretary and the Administrator should work with United States, international, and local private sector and civil society organizations to advocate for the registration and documentation of all girls and boys in developing countries to prevent exploitation, violence, and other abuses.”
Secret votes to hide what Congress has planned for us, or others around the world are the clear markings of a tyranny.
Any legislator who understands the basics of the proper role of government, found in Article 1 section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, would understand that a vote to impose a national id mandate on a foreign nation is both bad and far outside the scope of the enumerated powers given to congress in the US Constitution.