Illinois Resolution Spanks Tennessee House Members on Neo-Nazi Vote

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Link to House Resolution 991 HERE

I wanted to quickly draw your attention to a recently introduced resolution on which I signed up to be a Chief Co-sponsor. House Resolution 991 was designed as to draw attention to our counterparts in the Tennessee State Legislature. Majority Leader Lou Lang was extremely disappointed in their inability to pass a simple resolution to condemn white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups in their state. We cannot allow this trend of hate to spread. We cannot allow these bigots to feel normalized. We cannot allow division at the top to sow the seeds of discord among the people. That is why I signed onto this resolution, to send a firm condemnation to hate groups in our state, and put the Tennessee General Assembly on notice.

Best wishes,

The article, as reported by the Memphis Flyer, is as follows:

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2018
Illinois Resolution Spanks Tennessee House Members on Neo-Nazi Vote

An Illinois lawmaker has issued a blistering rebuke of the Tennessee General Assembly in a new resolution that calls out lawmakers here for failing twice to pass a resolution against white nationalism and neo-Nazis.

Illinois Rep. Lou Lang, a Democrat and House Deputy Majority Leader, filed the resolution Tuesday. Since then, it has picked up four sponsors — two Democrats and two Republicans.

“The Tennessee House of Representatives failed to summon sufficient moral courage and basic decency to place itself on the record against such a sinister and pernicious ideology infecting the body politic of the United States,” reads the resolution.

The resolution says Tennessee’s House members have been “cowed by the growing influence of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.” It claims the Illinois House, in contrast, “has no fear” of the groups and “abounds in moral courage and basic decency.”

For this, Lang’s resolution is a word-for-word copy of the resolution that Tennessee House members would not pass. That resolution failed twice here this year.

It reads, in part, “we strongly denounce and oppose the totalitarian impulses, violent, terrorism, xenophobic biases, and bigoted ideologies that are promoted by white nationalists and neo-Nazis.”

The bill was referred to the Illinois House Rules Committee Wednesday.

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