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House Democrats Go On The Record In Support Of Obamacare

March 27, 2010
tags: Alex Monsour, Greg Snowden, HCR 101, HCR 73, state legislature, Steven Palazzo
by Brett

The State House took a couple interesting votes at the end of this week with regard to the mandates in the new healthcare legislation and the Tenth Amendment. Posting on his blog, Rep. Greg Snowden (R-Meridian) talked about HCR 101 and HCR 73.

HCR 101 was introduced by Rep. Alex Monsour (R-Vicksburg) along with 47 co-sponsors. It would amend the state Constitution to prohibit mandatory participation in any healthcare plan. As we have talked about on many occasions, the individual mandate is a central feature of healthcare reform. Snowden called this a vote “either for or against Obamacare.” The Democrats prevailed and it was defeated by a vote of 63 to 55.

Not long after HCR 101 was killed, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Biloxi) introduced HCR 73. This bill, which enjoyed 50 co-sponsors, affirmed the inherent sovereignty of the people in Mississippi as outlined in the Tenth Amendment. This was also defeated, this time by a 62-58 vote.

In the same day, House Democrats went on the record in supporting the new federal healthcare legislation- mandates and all- as well as rejecting the principles outlined in the Tenth Amendment.

We are trying to find the roll call so if you have it send it our way. That said, it is obvious the votes extended beyond the Black Caucus and included the so-called conservative “rural, white Democrats.”

Update: I received e-mails from Representatives Monsour and Snowden and they confirm that no Republicans opposed this. There support was unanimous in the caucus.

Update 2: Here is the official roll call:

The following voted Not to withdraw HCR 101:

Arinder, Bailey, Banks, Bell, Blackmon, Broomfield, Brown, Buck, K, Buck, KC, Burnett, Calhoun, Clark, Clarke, Cockerham, Coleman,L, Coleman,M, Compretta, Dedeaux, Dickson, Eaton, Ellis, Evans, B, Evans, J, Flaggs, Frederricks, Gardner, Gibbs, Hines, Holland, Holloway, Huddleston, Johnson, R, Jones, W, Lane, Malone, Mayo, McBride, Middleton, Moak, Moss, Myers, Norquist, Parker, Patterson, Peraich, Perkins, Pukett, Reynolds, Robinson, Scott, Smith, F, Straughter, Stringer, Sullivan, Thomas, Walley, Ward, Warren, Watson, Whittington, Wooten, and Speaker McCoy

Not voting: Duvall, Espy, and Harrison

For HCR 73, all voted the same with the exception of Bell, Sullivan, and Ward. Duvall did not vote. Harrison voted not to suspend the rules.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandi K permalink
    March 27, 2010 12:46 pm

    Only Republican voting NAY – Read from Gautier

    Democrats voting AYE:
    B. Jones
    M. Rogers
    J Smith

  2. Republican Dawg permalink
    March 27, 2010 9:52 pm

    With the statewide races seeming to be a lock for the GOP- save for AG, I hope the party makes winning the House their top priority in 2011.

  3. C. Hill permalink
    March 28, 2010 12:07 am

    What bums! It is time to clean house locally, too, I suppose.

  4. mediaman59 permalink
    March 28, 2010 9:51 am

    Interesting, when I send my Representative emails concerning issues he agrees with me on, he replies very quickly but when I sent him info on the Texas-Utah-Montana state legislatures passing similar bills as these, I got no reply??????

  5. marmie permalink
    March 28, 2010 10:15 am

    Voters in Prentiss and Alcorn counties need to get Billy McCoy out of the MS House. Look at his record, is he really representing you? I hope you will share his record with your neighbors and vote him out.

  6. MS Redhead permalink
    March 29, 2010 5:49 am

    If the Democrats in the State Legislature refuse to pass HCR-73 or HCR-101, can one or both of the bills be put on the ballot of the next election and voted on by registered voters in Mississippi? If so, what is the procedure. Thanks.

    • INDEPNMS permalink
      March 29, 2010 5:09 pm

      MS Redhead: Article 15 section 273 of the Mississippi Constitution provides for a voter led initative to be placed on the ballot for a direct vote by the citizens of Mississippi. I have not “walked this road”, but have had several conversations with those who lead the voter ID initative. Also the definition of personhood is a an initative that will be on the ballot. You may get in touch with some of these groups to help walk you through the process. I am a recent attendee of a conservative group and I am sure they would like any information you may gain. You might also contact Steven Palazzo’s office for any
      information since he was one of the original sponsors. Our prayers and best wishes are with you as you explore this avenue of constitutional initative. Remember,that we unfortunately have a seriouly liberal group trying to control the Mississippi house even when what they do is against the wishes of a large number of their constituents. As the time arrives, we must not only work concerning national offices, but we must work equally as hard concerning local elections.

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