Congressman Steve King

Representing the 4th District of Iowa


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VIDEO: King Takes On Kelo- "Scalia expected the Kelo decision to be reversed!"

Apr 25, 2018
Press Release

Congressman King Speaks in Support of HR 1689, the Private Property Rights Protection Act

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, releases the following video of statements he made in support of HR 1689, the Private Property Rights Protection Act. King’s remarks occurred during a Judiciary Committee mark-up of the legislation this afternoon. Following King’s remarks, the committee voted to send the legislation to the House floor.

To watch the video, please click the image above or click here.


“When [Kelo] came down it was shocking to those of us who read the Constitution. ‘Nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.’ It’s very, very clear. Our Founding Fathers had great reverence for property. Life, liberty, and property.” . . .

“The effect of that decision was, as Chairman Goodlatte said, to strike three words from the 5th Amendment: ‘for public use’. And I was livid at that decision of the Supreme Court. I couldn’t think it could be more starkly wrong.”. . .

“ ‘For public use’ is an important clause within the 5th amendment, and it needs to be restored within the 5th amendment.”. . .

“I hosted a breakfast with Justice Scalia . . .and he said he ‘expected the Kelo decision, at some point, to be reversed by the Court’.” . . .

“I look forward to that day, and we’re doing what we can do this day to restore as many property rights as we can legislatively.”


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