(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Alan Nunnelee issued the following statement after Florida Federal Judge Roger Vinson ruled the job-destroying health care law unconstitutional on Monday afternoon.

“This ruling confirms the view held by Mississippi and most of America – that the federal government does not have the authority to require individuals to purchase health insurance,” said Nunnelee. “House Republicans have voted on measures to not only repeal this job-destroying health care law, but to also ensure that congress can no longer pass legislation like this by requiring all bills introduced to cite their constitutional authority.”

“Now, the Supreme Court will have the opportunity to rule on this case. However, the Senate should step up to the plate and act as well. The House of Representatives has already taken the necessary first steps to repeal this unpopular, costly and unconstitutional law so that we can begin to replace it with reforms that protect jobs and lower costs. I hope Senate leaders will bring this repeal measure up for a vote,” said Nunnelee.

Mississippi is one of the twenty-six states involved in the lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Other states in the lawsuit include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

A federal judge for the State of Virginia found the health care law unconstitutional in December. The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act earlier this month.

Congressman Alan Nunnelee represents Mississippi’s First Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. This is his first term.