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Issue Position: The Constitution

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As a Constitutional conservative, I am committed to the Constitution and to the constitutional principles of limited government, states' rights, and individual liberties. The federal government is one of limited authority, and I will continue to fight hard to make sure the federal government abides by the restrictions the Constitution places on it.

Some of my efforts to preserve and uphold strict adherence to the Constitution include:

* I hosted the reading of the U.S. Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives on the second day of the 112th Congress, and read aloud the 10th Amendment to the Constitution which preserves the rights of the states and individuals.

* I fought for a change to the House rules that requires each Member to list the specific Constitutional authority for each bill he or she introduces in Congress.

* I support H.R. 973, which would prohibit U.S. courts from using foreign laws to interpret the U.S. Constitution.

* I submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that the individual mandate in Obamacare and the entire bill are unconstitutional.

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