This time in Missouri.
Although the government has the right to appropriate private property for public use through eminent domain, the founders of our great nation provided protections against the abuse of this right. These protections are included in the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which allows the government to seize private property only for public use and requires that the owner of the confiscated property be justly compensated.
In its Kelo decision, the Supreme Court found that the government may seize the private property of one owner and transfer that property to another private owner if this transfer would benefit the community through increased economic development.
I believe that the Court's finding violates the private property rights that the Founders fought so hard to protect. That is why I am a cosponsor of S.1313, the Protection of Homes, Small Businesses, and Private Property Act of 2005. This bipartisan bill would protect homes, small businesses, and other private property by limiting the power of eminent domain. Rest assured, I remain committed to protecting the property rights of all Americans.
United States Senator