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Palazzo Calls for Defunding Obamacare

Says Bad Law Must Be Addressed in Continuing Resolution

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Washington, Aug 2, 2013 | comments

Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), today called on colleagues to join him in the effort to defund Obamacare in a continuing resolution to be enacted later this year. 

Palazzo is the author of H.J. Res 28, the “Right to Refuse” Amendment, introduced earlier this year with Senator Marco Rubio. It would reverse Obamacare’s individual mandate tax and prevent Congress from taxing Americans for failure to purchase products like health insurance.

Palazzo also supported today’s passage of H.R. 2009, the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act, which would prevent the troubled agency from implementing or enforcing any part of the new health care law.

Below are Congressman Palazzo’s remarks as delivered on the House floor:

Mr. Speaker, I am not a fan of government mandates, and neither are my constituents in Mississippi.  But there is one mandate that the people of Mississippi sent me to Washington with: to repeal, replace, dismantle, delay and defund Obamacare. 

I’ve heard from families, small businesses, and hard-working Americans across my district who all have the same message – this law is a train wreck.

That is why one of my very first votes in Congress was to repeal Obamacare. That is why I’ve voted to repeal it nearly 40 times over the last three years.  That is why I introduced a constitutional amendment to restore the right of the American people to refuse this bad law. That is also why I firmly believe we must defund Obamacare in a continuing resolution this body takes up later this year.

I believe this is a fight worth fighting for the people of Mississippi, and I believe it’s a fight worth fighting for the American people. 

I’m calling on my colleagues to join me in this fight to stand strong, to stand together, and let’s defund Obamacare.

I yield back.

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