WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined 43 of his colleagues in signing an amicus brief with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday in support of the multi-state challenge to the federal health care law enacted by Democrats last year.

“Voters in Missouri and nationwide sent a clear message last fall that they wanted their leaders in Washington to repeal and replace this law,” said Blunt. “I’m deeply disappointed that my colleagues across the aisle refused to listen to that clear message, and instead voted to defend this bill in February of this year.”

“Two federal courts have already deemed the law unconstitutional, and signing this brief reflects my support for the majority of states, including Missouri, challenging this law,” added Blunt. “Americans deserve a health care plan that cuts costs, increases access, and helps spur job creation, and I will continue to call for the repeal and replacement of this flawed legislation.”

The amicus brief is attached and states that the individual mandate included in the federal health care law is unconstitutional because it exceeds Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause. It continues to argue that if the Court deems the individual mandate constitutional, there would be essentially no limitation on Congress’ power to regulate citizens under the Commerce Clause, all but eliminating the constitutional distinction between federal and state regulatory authority.

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