Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, today released the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson issued a ruling in Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law:
"The ruling today in Virginia confirmed what I've been saying since the beginning -- the federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. The individual mandate represents an unprecedented power-grab by the federal government that undermines the vision our founding fathers had for this country. While I believe the Supreme Court will ultimately find the health care law unconstitutional, I'm prepared to move aggressively in the 112th Congress to ensure passage of legislation to repeal the individual mandate and end this debate once and for all."
As Founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, Garrett has long been an outspoken critic of the federal health care law, particularly the individual mandate. Most recently, he joined the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in filing an amicus brief with a federal court in Florida challenging the constitutionality of the law. In April, Garrett introduced H.R. 4999, the Reclaiming Individual Liberty Act, which would repeal the individual mandate portion of the federal health care law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.