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Rep. Ted Poe Files Amendments to Defund EPA and HC Mandates

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a Continuing Resolution that will fund the federal government for the remainder of the year. This type of legislation is used by the United States Congress to fund government agencies if a formal appropriations bill has not been signed into law by the end of the Congressional fiscal year.

H.R. 1, the Fiscal Year 2011 Continuing Resolution, will fund the federal government for the last seven months of this fiscal year while cutting spending by over $100 billion from the President’s fiscal year 2011 request. It represents the largest spending reduction in the history of Congress.

I have introduced several amendments to this legislation that will significantly reduce government spending even more:

Amendment to Block Funding for Healthcare Mandate
This amendment will prohibit any federal funding from being appropriated by Congress to fund the individual mandate that requires Americans to purchase insurance or pay a fine. I support a full repeal of the healthcare bill; however, that process may be a lengthy one. My amendment will ensure that no money is appropriated to enforce the unconstitutional mandate forcing Americans to purchase health insurance – putting an end to it here and now.

The Poe-Barton-Carter EPA Amendment
This amendment will eliminate funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be used to implement, administer or enforce any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of greenhouse gases from stationary sources that is issued or becomes applicable or effective after January 1, 2011. This amendment will put an end to any back-door attempt to go around Congress and circumvent the will of the people.

Please take a moment to answer the following quick survey to provide your thoughts on the spending cuts in the Continuing Resolution.

This year’s Continuing Resolution will cut spending by more than $100 billion from last year’s appropriations.

What are your thoughts on the amount of this spending reduction?

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