House Democrats have introduced a bill that would charge Americans $100 to obtain a copy of President Barack Obama's birth records.
The legislation, which would loosen privacy laws that currently restrict the release of birth records, is intended to dismiss claims that Obama was not born in the United States. Some Americans, who are called "birthers," believe that the President was actually born in Kenya, his father's home country. If that were the case, he would not be eligible for the nation's highest office.
"If people really want to confirm Barack Obama is born in Hawaii, that's fine," said John Mizuno (D-Hawaii), quoted by FOX News. "I don't have a problem with looking at innovative ways to bring revenue to the state. The taxpayers deserve a break."
Representative Rida Cabanilla (D-Hawaii) said that the $100 fee would help cover the expenses that are leveraged to handle phone calls and emails from individuals who believe Obama was not born in the U.S.
During a Jan. 23 appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that Obama is a documented citizen and his birth status is "not even an issue that needs to be on the policy table right now."
When the show's host, David Gregory, referred to birther theories as "crazy talk," Cantor said Gregory was being rude with his choice of words.