AFBF'S STALLMAN APPLAUDS BUSH ORDER ON EMINENT DOMAIN TAKINGS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman applauded an executive order issued Friday by President Bush declaring that the federal government can only seize private property for a public use such as a hospital or road.
The order was signed in response to the recent Supreme Court decision granting local governments broad power to bulldoze private homes to make way for private development.
"We applaud President Bush for issuing an Executive Order directing the attorney general to provide guidance for federal agencies in eminent domain land takings," Stallman said in a statement release today by the AFBF. "His order requires that eminent domain should not be used except in true public use projects, especially not for advancement of economic interests of private parties. This is a policy of the Farm Bureau, too."
"The Farm Bureau appreciates the president taking a stand in support of farmers and ranchers who are often the target of land takings for economic develop near their communities," Stallman added. "Individual states, with urging from Farm Bureau members, have been taking action to limit the use of eminent domain, but no federal law that would limit the use of federal funds has been forthcoming since the Kelo v. City of New London case judgment a year ago.
"We continue to support the House bill (H.R. 4128) that denies the use of federal funds in any project where eminent domain is used for only economic development purposes, and we urge the Senate to proceed with this legislation which the House passed last year."