An amendment filed to H.R. 1, the FY2011 Continuing Resolution, by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Tex., would prohibit any monies from being appropriated by Congress to pay for Obamacare’s individual mandate while the controversial health care legislation winds its way through the federal courts.
The Poe Amendment states: "None of the funds made available by this Act may be appropriated to any agency for the implementation, enforcement, or administration of section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the amendments made by such section, as amended."
The amendment is in additon to Poe’s stand-alone bill, the Defund the Individual Mandate Act, which he introduced on the first day of the 112th Congress.
"I support a full repeal of the healthcare bill. However, that process may be a lengthy one," Poe, a former prosecutor and judge, said. "My amendment will ensure that no money is appropriated to enforce the unconstitutional mandate forcing Americans to purchase health insurance – putting an end to it here and now."
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, also tried to add an amendment blocking Obamacare’s mandatory spending, but thanks to the usual rules surrounding appropriations bills, this would have required a special waiver from the Rules Committee.