Senator Announces Support for Presidential Eligibility Bill [Updated]
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) has thrown his support behind a House bill (HR-1503) that would require future Presidential candidates to show documented proof that they meet Constitutional muster, including submitting an official copy of their birth certificate to election officials in order to determine if they qualify as natural born citizens.
“The bill requires any federal candidates’ campaign committee filing with the Federal Election Commission to produce a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate”, Coburn wrote, “If the bill makes it to the Senate, I will likely support it.”
He also noted that his home state of Oklahoma has a bill proposed that would require “any candidate filing with the Oklahoma State Election Board to provide proof of citizenship by providing a ‘state government-issued birth certificate with a raised seal.’”
He went on to write; “I hope the Oklahoma State Legislature will give serious consideration to this bill and I hope more states will reform their ballot access laws to ensure federal candidates must affirmatively prove their eligibility,”.
Representative Bill Posey’s (R-Florida) bill would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971. Four [Five] members of the House have now signed on as co-sponsors of Posey’s bill.
The language in the bill reads:
“To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.”
“Congress finds that under section 5 of article II of the Constitution of the United States, in order to be eligible to serve as President, an individual must be a natural born citizen of the United States who has attained the age of 35 years and has been a resident within the United States for at least 14 years.”
If enacted, the amendment would be in force during for the 2012 U. S. Presidential election.
The bill has been referred to committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
***UPDATE: Representative John Campbell (R-California) just added his name as co-sponsor to the bill.