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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LEGISLATORS PRAISE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR DECISION TO PROTECT THE STATE FROM FEDERAL HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 25, 2010 FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

STATE REPRESENTATIVE ROBIN VOS 608-266-9171

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT SUDER 608-267-0280

STATE SENATOR DAN KAPANKE 608-782-3975

LEGISLATORS PRAISE ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR DECISION TO PROTECT THE STATE FROM FEDERAL HEALTH CARE TAKEOVER

Madison State Reps. Robin Vos (R-Caledonia), Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), and state Senator Dan Kapanke (R- La Crosse) – co-authors of a resolution to authorize Attorney General Van Hollen to take legal action against the federal government - thanked the Attorney General today for his swift examination of the federal health care bill and decision to contest the constitutionality of a portion of the legislation, if authorized. 

“I’m encouraged by today’s announcement that the Attorney General thinks there is sufficient evidence to question the constitutionality of this federal health care takeover,” said Suder.  “I now look forward to a quick approval by the Legislature so we can move forward to protect the 10th Amendment rights of Wisconsin citizens.”

Suder and Vos were joined by 32 fellow Republicans on Monday in a letter asking Van Hollen to take legal action.  After researching the bill to determine evidence of unconstitutionality, Van Hollen submitted a letter to Governor Doyle and leaders in the state Assembly and Senate this morning asking for the authorization.

“It’s obvious that opposition to this health care scheme has gone beyond a partisan issue,” Senator Dan Kapanke stated, “Which tells me we shouldn’t have any problem getting Democrats to join with us in supporting the resolution.”

Vos echoed Kapanke’s sentiments, referring to a new Quinnipiac poll released today.  The poll shows that by a 49% - 40% margin, more voters disapprove of the new federal health care legislation.

“The public is on our side,” claimed Vos. “Fifteen percent of Washington Democrats voted against the health care bill, so if Wisconsin Democrats are really on the side of the people, there’s no reason to think that we won’t get the same result in Madison.”

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