"This legislation has earned across the board support from the most conservative to the most liberal members of Congress," said Bonilla. "The Supreme Court's eminent domain ruling shocked America. No one had ever considered this threat - that the government could take-away your private property and give it to someone else for private gain. The ruling has created a new awakening and fear among property owners and now Congress is responding."
An important aspect of Bonilla's legislation is that it only affects the taking of private property from one private entity to another. The legislation still allows local governments to use eminent domain for its original conception, which is to build new highways, schools, airports or other projects that benefit the public.
Bonilla is a long-time advocate of private property rights. He represents one of the largest districts in the nation, which includes more than 700 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. Bonilla currently serves a Chairman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.