WASHINGTON, D.C.–A bill that would limit how long U.S. Senators and representatives could serve in DC, an anti-abortion bill and an anti-Obama Care bill were all filed this week by Rep. Steven Palazzo, a Republican who represents Mississippi’s 4th District.
Palazzo promised at the beginning of the new Congress that he would actively pursue getting bills passed that he believes represent conservative values.
“In the opening weeks of Congress, it is vitally important that we begin working vigorously towards restoring our nation by passing conservative, common-sense legislation. The three bills I’m introducing today offer real solutions and represent the hallmarks of conservatism: individual freedom, protecting the defenseless, and returning to a citizen legislature,” said Palazzo Monday.
“From striking at the core of Obamacare’s individual mandate to protecting the unborn to instituting term limits on Members of Congress, my bills each enjoy broad support across the country because they reaffirm that we are a conservative nation and that we will continue to push back on President Obama and his liberal agenda.”
Here are the bills, in brief:
The “Right to Refuse Amendment” prohibits Congress from taxing individuals and businesses on a failure to purchase a good or service, such as the individual mandate tax implemented by Obamacare. It has been supported by the American Center for Law and Justice, Americans for Tax Reform, National Taxpayers Union, Center for Individual Freedom, American Commitment and R Street. Palazzo said the bill has wide support in Congress.
The “Every Child is a Blessing Act” prevents the pursuit of “wrongful birth” lawsuits in which parents claim that had they known a child would have a developmental or physical disability, they would have aborted the pregnancy. The bill has been endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee and Americans United for Life.
The final bill would impose term limits on Members of the House and Senate. Members would be limited to 12 years of service (6 terms in the House or 2 terms in the Senate). Congressman Palazzo has long been a supporter of term limits.
Palazzo also said the House, in addition to his bills, will advance a border security bill this week “to strip Obama of his unconstitutional and unlawful act”, speaking of his executive order that protects illegal immigrants.