A Ron Paul Information Index
This page contains information taken from THOMAS, the online legislative information system of the Library of Congress, found at thomas.loc.gov. Whenever possible, direct links have been provided to the described bills, along with links to Representative Ron Paul's remarks to the House about those bills.
The vast majority of Representative Ron Paul's sponsored bills are submitted, but do not make it out of committee and are thus never voted on by the House at large. These bills are listed in THOMAS with their status as "referred to committee".
Representative Ron Paul often sponsors the same legislation in multiple congressional sessions, with only minor modifications. For example, the "We The People Act" appears in 2007 as HR300, in 2006 as HR4379, and in 2004 as HR3893. When this is the case, this page will only list the most recent version of the bill.
These bills are listed on this page in what the site maintainer feels is an order of importance, regarding Representative Ron Paul's stated political stances.
People interested in further investigation of Ron Paul's legislative history can go to thomas.loc.gov and select "Paul, Ron [R-TX-14]" in the "Browse Bills by Sponsor" field, and press the "GO" button. This will show all of Ron Paul's sponsored bills for the current legislative session. Bills from previous sessions can be found using the advanced search page.
"To abolish the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks, to repeal the Federal Reserve Act, and for other purposes."
Summary: This bill would abolish the Federal Reserve and transfer its assets to the Secretary of the Treasury. While it does not state so directly in the text of the bill, part of Ron Paul's intent for this bill is to return the United States dollar to being a gold-backed currency, and this is made clear in his remarks to the House. For information about Ron Paul's views of the Federal Reserve, see either his introduction to the House about this bill (see below), or the Debt and Taxes section of his campaign website. For information about the Federal Reserve in their own words, see here. For a detailed explanation and history of the gold standard, see here.
Ron Paul's Words to the House: Introduction of the Federal Reserve Abolition Act
"To limit the jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and for other purposes."
Summary: This bill would prevent the Supreme Court of the United States and all federal courts from ruling on (following text quoted vertatim):
(A) any claim involving the laws, regulations, or policies of any State or unit of local government relating to the free exercise or establishment of religion;
(B) any claim based upon the right of privacy, including any such claim related to any issue of sexual practices, orientation, or reproduction; or
(C) any claim based upon equal protection of the laws to the extent such claim is based upon the right to marry without regard to sex or sexual orientation;
This would prevent laws passed by state legislatures on the subject of gay marriage, abortion, school prayer, and many other subjects from being declared unconstitutional by federal courts, including the Supreme Court.
In addition, this bill would prevent state courts from "rely[ing] on any judicial decision involving any issue" referred to in the previous section. This would immediately make all previous federal court decisions involving these subjects inapplicable to state laws, such as Roe v. Wade, Lawrence v. Texas, Epperson v. Arkansas, or Engel v. Vitale.
The "Findings" section of this bill, along with Ron Paul's remarks on it, make it very clear that this bill is intended to drastically reduce the power of the federal government, especially "unelected judges", and to increase the ability of state legislatures to pass laws which would otherwise be declared unconstitutional by federal courts. Ron Paul makes specific reference to laws about gay marriage, school prayer, religious displays in government buildings, abortion, and homosexual behavior.
Ron Paul's Words to the House: Introducing We The People
"To provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception."
Summary: This bill would first define human life as beginning at conception, without exceptions, and define the term "person" as including such human life. With that definition laid down, it would then place restrictions on the Supreme Court and federal district courts to prevent them from ruling on any law passed by a state which seeks to restrict or prevent abortions.
This bill has some overlap with HR300 (see above) but the intent is similar: to reduce the ability of the federal court system to restrict what laws states may pass regarding abortion. For further information on Ron Paul's stance on abortion, see the Life and Liberty section of the Ron Paul campaign website.
Ron Paul's Words to the House: Introducing the Sanctity of Life Act
"Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to deny United States citizenship to individuals born in the United States to parents who are neither United States citizens nor persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States."
Summary: This proposed constitutional amendment would change birthright citizenship in the United States by altering the language of the citizenship clause of the 14th amendment to the US constitution. Currently, "all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." This amendment would change that, so that only children of US citizens or "persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States" would automatically be US citizens at birth.
The stated purpose of this amendment is to make illegal immigration less appealing, as Ron Paul and others believe that "anchor babies" (children born on United States soil to illegal immigrants and who are therefore US citizens) are a strong contributing factor to it. See the "Border Security and Immigration Reform" section of the Ron Paul campaign website for details.
Ron Paul's Words to the House: Introduction of the American Citizenship Amendment
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last updated 10/04/07