Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) voted for the Emerson Amendment to H.R. 1, the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution (CR), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This important amendment is identical to the Poe Amendment offered in the Continued Resolution. The Emerson Amendment will prohibit any federal funding from being appropriated by Congress to fund the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance.

I am pleased that my colleagues supported Representative Emersons amendment which is identical to my own. This important amendment will protect the constitutional right of all Americans to have control over their own healthcare choices, said Poe.

In addition to this amendment, Congressman Poe filed a stand-alone bill, the Defund the Individual Mandate Act, on the first day of the 112th Congress. Poe is also the cosponsor of Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act to fully repeal the sweeping government-run healthcare legislation.

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.

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