Victims' Rights Caucus

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Congressman Poe announces today that he has filed, HR. 4904, to prohibit any federal funding from being appropriated by Congress to fund the individual mandates requiring Americans to purchase insurance or pay a fine as defined in the recently passed Senate healthcare bill.

This fight is not even close to being over, said Poe. I am filing legislation as early as today that will prevent the implementation and enforcement of these unconstitutional mandates included in the Senate healthcare bill.

Nowhere in our Constitution does it give the federal government the authority to force us to buy anything, whether that is health insurance, a new car or a box of government approved do-nuts. The American people still value the protections set forth in our Constitution and I will vigorously fight to ensure that this Congress and this administration adhere to the laws of this country.

In addition to HR 4904, Congressman Poe filed HR. 959 (Dec 2009) challenging the constitutionality of the current healthcare bill and any future bill that would require American citizens to purchase any goods or services as a condition of citizenship.

Seventy percent of Americans are against this bill, continued Poe. Americans want reform that promotes improvement and advancement in our free-market system. We have overwhelmingly rejected the philosophy that the federal government can do it better. Its time to stop the massive government expansion and focus on real reform not more government control.

Prior to serving in Congress, Congressman Poe served as a prosecutor and judge in Houston, Texas, for 30 years and holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law Center.

For more information on Congressman Poe, including numerous statements and speeches on his stance on healthcare reform, please visit our website: http://vrc-poe.house.gov/