Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Founder and Chairman of the Congressional Constitution Caucus, today released the following statement after U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson issued a ruling on a lawsuit brought by governors and attorneys general from 26 states challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law:
"The ruling today in Florida reconfirmed U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson's December decision, and what I've been saying since March -- the federal health care law isn't just bad public policy, it's unconstitutional. I understand that Congress has the right to pass legislation that is bad policy, however it is bad practice for Congress to pass unconstitutional legislation and leave it to the courts to overturn. 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 have already introduced legislation in the 112th Congress that would 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. Additionally, Garrett joined the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in filing an amicus brief with the Pensacola District Court challenging the constitutionality of the law. On the opening day of the 112th Congress, Garrett re-introduced H.R. 21, 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.