Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement after a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the current healthcare bill is unconstitutional. The ruling found that Congress lacks the authority to impose the laws individual mandate which will force every American to purchase government approved health insurance.

Todays ruling by the federal court in Virginia is a victory for the Constitution and the people. The federal government has overreached its authority in requiring Americans to buy something under the guise of a tax or pay a fine. The commerce clause doesn't allow this expansion of federal control and far exceeds the taxing authority of the federal government set forth by our Constitution. The federal government does not have the right to force us to buy anything, whether it be health insurance or a box of donuts.

In addition, Congressman PoeintroducedH.R.4904which will prohibit funds from being appropriated or otherwise made available to any federal department or agency to implement or enforce any federal mandate to purchase health insurance. That means no new federal mandate, or no new 16,000 IRS agents to enforce the mandate.

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. Congressman Poe is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

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