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South Mississippi congressman joins House letter requesting defunding measures in appropriations bills

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Biloxi, MS, August 23, 2013 | comments

Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), joined a letter this week asking House leadership to include measures defunding ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations legislation taken up later this year.

The letter follows Palazzo’s August 2nd announcement on the House floor in which he stated his support for defunding ObamaCare in a continuing resolution and called on colleagues to join him. Palazzo is also the author of H.J. Res 28, the “Right to Refuse” Amendment, which he introduced earlier this year with Senator Marco Rubio. The “Right to Refuse” would reverse Obamacare’s individual mandate tax and prevent Congress from taxing Americans for failure to purchase products like health insurance.

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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