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Delegate Bob Marshall on WMAU, 88.5

WAMU interviewed Delegate Bob Marshall recently on the headlines Virginia has been making on many issues such as immigration, abortion clinic regulation and healthcare. Listen to the interview here.

The following is an except from the WAMU article. We encourage you to visit the website to read the article in its entirety.

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Veteran Prince William County State Delegate At Height Of His Powers September 07, 2010 - By Jonathan Wilson

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli plunged into controversy in recent weeks with a couple of major legal opinions, one saying it’s okay for police to question people about their immigration status and another saying the state can more closely regulate abortion clinics.

If you look closely at those opinions, you’ll find a common thread: a guy named Bob Marshall.

In both cases it was a formal request from this Republican member of the House of Delegates from Prince William County that led Cuccinelli to issue his opinions.

The carefully designed political strategy is classic Bob Marshall.

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UPDATE: Cuccinelli Sues over Federal Health Care Legislation

BOB BROWN/TIMES-DISPATCHThe challenge by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was filed immediately after President Barack Obama signed the health care legislation. WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS Published: March 23, 2010 Updated: March 23, 2010 Source: Courtesy of Richmond Times Dispatch

Virginia’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s health care overhaul law.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed the suit today in U.S. District Court immediately after President Barack Obama signed the landmark measure into law. Cuccinelli, a Republican, and other conservatives claim the law represents an unconstitutional overreach of federal authority.

“Congress lacks the political will to fund comprehensive health care in this way because taxes above those already provided in (the legislation) would produce too much opposition,“ his suit states. “The alternative, which was also a centerpiece of the failed Clinton administration health care proposal, is to fund universal health care in part by making healthy young adults and other rationally uninsured individuals cross-subsidize older and less healthy citizens.“ ...

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Sickle-cell Anemia Deserves Attention

Source: Courtesy of Fredericksburg.com Date published: 3/9/2010

Sickle-cell anemia deserves attention

As parents of and advocates for those who suffer the debilitating, devastating effects of sickle-cell anemia, we were encouraged by the March 3 editorial ["Striking a cord"].

In the current national health care debate, with its drama and divisiveness, it was refreshing to see the cooperative efforts of those in our state legislature addressing the long-neglected needs for relief for the more than 70,000 minorities (predominantly African-Americans) nationwide who suffer from this disease.

We thank Del. Bob Marshall for introducing the bill to promote education for the healing potential of umbilical-cord blood.

Our continued gratitude goes to Sen. Edd Houck in his role as chairman of the Senate Committee on Education and Health for his consistent, outstanding commitment to the cause of sickle-cell diseases, and our congratulations go to the Davis family for their courage and persistence.

All have helped to make this disease and its ramifications more visible and its ultimate cure possible.

Lawrence A. Davies and Janice P. Davies

Fredericksburg

The writers are co-presidents, Fredericksburg Area Sickle Cell Association, Inc.

Va. Health Bill Could Foil Obama Proposal, State Questions Constitutionality

By Michael Kranish, Globe Staff | March 8, 2010Source: Courtesy of The Boston Globe.com

RICHMOND - Here in the former capital of the Old Confederacy, where resistance to the supremacy of federal law has a long and tortuous history, a new battle is being waged over a question that could undercut a key part of President Obama’s health care proposal: whether Washington can require that most Americans have health insurance.

The Virginia Legislature this week is poised to become the first state to pass legislation that says citizens cannot be required to have medical insurance.

Dozens of other states are considering similar measures, possibly setting the stage for one of the greatest tests of federal power over the states since the civil rights era.

If states are allowed to opt out of the mandate, the foundation of Obama’s effort would be undermined, turning the nascent revolt here into one with national implications.

The debate goes far beyond a disagreement with the approach to health care coverage taken in Massachusetts.

Rather, Virginia’s lawmakers are focused on constitutional questions and the power of states to run their own affairs.

“The administration is trying to shift from a government by social compact, agreement between elected officials and citizens, to a government where the leaders tell the subjects what to do,’’ said Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall, a Republican and chief sponsor of the measure. “That is not what the American Revolution was about.’’

Versions of the bill have passed the Virginia House and Senate, with final passage considered all but certain. The Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, supports the measure.

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Autism Insurance Bill Rebuffed in House

Source: Richmond Times DispatchWritten by STAFF REPORTS Written March 5

This is an except from the Richmond Times Dispatch, General Assembly Brief, March 5. Another attempt to mandate health insurance for autistic children was turned aside on the House of Delegates floor yesterday.

Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, sought to amend a bill that would allow health maintenance organizations to offer to small businesses health insurance that does not mandate insurance coverage, but Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, ruled the amendment was not germane.

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Virginia First State to Challenge Federal Health Insurance Mandate

Source: The Washington ExaminerBy: Barbara Hollingsworth Local Opinion Editor 03/05/10 1:20 PM EST

Congress hasn’t even passed Obamacare yet, but if and when it does, Virginia’s General Assembly has already fired the first round in what could be a major legal showdown with Washington over the limits of federal power.

On Thursday, the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere became the first state to enact legislation that prohibits the federal government from forcing its citizens to purchase government-approved health insurance. The measure was sponsored by two Northern Virginians - State Senator Jill Vogel, R-Warrenton, and Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas - who also co-signed a Feb. 24 letter to President Obama protesting state legislators’ exclusion from his recent health care summit.

In an ominous sign for the president’s top domestic priority, five Democrats in the Virginia Senate joined 18 Republicans to vote for the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act in a state Obama won handily less than 18 months ago. They were, perhaps, influenced by the 2,400 grassroots activists who trekked to Richmond last month to oppose federally mandated insurance coverage.

A constitutional amendment passed earlier in Arizona, but has yet to be approved by voters. It will be on the ballot in November.

Legislators in more than 30 other states are also considering similar bills based on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Freedom of Choice in Health Care model.

The Tenth Amendment Center has a map of pending health care "nullification" bills that challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction based on its reading of the Constitution.

So even if Obamacare passes, this brewing constitutional battle could delay enactment for quite some time.

Striking a Cord

Who didn't show up at a House of Delegates committee meeting? Source: Courtesy of Fredericksburg.com Date published: 3/3/2010

DEL. BOB MARSHALL, R-Manassas, is known for his often strident pro-life positions, but the witnesses he brought to a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Education and Health left legislators more misty-eyed than mystified.

At issue was Mr. Marshall's bill promoting education on the healing potential of umbilical-cord blood. To illustrate, he invited the Davis family from Texas to testify, notes Scott Leake of the Thomas Jefferson Institute.

Mr. Davis explained that his older son was born with sickle cell anemia, a devastating disease that may be ameliorated by cord blood. The Davises were unable to find a match--until they were blessed with a second son, whose umbilical-cord blood provided just the cells needed to help his big brother.

The testimony of the family--including the two little boys--moved even jaded lawmakers. "The only superfluous moment," reports Mr. Leake, "was when Chairman [Edd] Houck, who by Senate procedure had to pose the question, asked if anyone wanted to speak in opposition to the bill. Since Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and Satan were absent, no one spoke."

The bill passed 15-0.

Va. House Passes Bill to Defy Health Care Mandate

By: William C. FlookExaminer Staff Writer Source: Courtesy of The Washington Examiner February 12, 2010

Virginia's House of Delegates on Thursday voted to defy a potential health insurance mandate from Congress. The vote, which follows the passage of a similar measure in the Virginia Senate last week, puts the state legislature squarely in opposition to a core provision of congressional Democrats' health care bill.

The Virginia Health Care Freedom Act, sponsored by Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, passed 72-26 in the Republican-controlled chamber.

The legislation looks to exempt Virginians from any government requirement to buy into a health plan, although its larger purpose is as a "message bill" meant to persuade federal legislators — especially those representing Virginia — to back off from the proposed overhaul.

"It's pretty clear that government-run health care is unwelcome in Virginia," said Victoria Cobb, president of the conservative Family Foundation. "Hopefully our federal representatives will get the message and pull the plug on Obamacare."

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Despite Health Bill Uncertainty, Va. Protest Bills March On

By: WILLIAM C. FLOOKExaminer Staff Writer Source: Courtesy of The Washington Examiner February 1, 2010

The precarious position of national health care legislation hasn't stopped lawmakers in Virginia from moving ahead with bills that seek to defy a federal health insurance mandate.

The proposals -- which have advanced in committee or subcommittee in both the Virginia House and Senate -- look to exempt Virginia from Congress' health care initiatives. While the measures may end up being more symbolic than substantive, they have gained wide notice as Republican lawmakers seek to harness unrest over an expanded federal role in medical care.

Del. Bob Marshall's Health Care Freedom Act has become this session's most viewed bill on the state's legislative Web site -- with more looks than even the two-year budget proposal.

Similar legislation in the Democratic-led Senate has narrowly emerged from committee, with the cross-over support of two Democratic senators.

The victory of Republican Scott Brown this month in a special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts Senate seat deprives Democrats of a needed 60th vote to stop a GOP filibuster, casting in grave doubt any efforts to overhaul the nation's health care system.

And even if the national health bill passed Congress, a state legislature wouldn't have the authority under modern Supreme Court doctrine to defy it, said Ilya Somin, associate law professor at George Mason University School of Law.

"They can pass legislation if they want to, but the legislation in and of itself wouldn't do anything for them unless they were able to have the federal legislation invalidated in court," Somin said.

Nevertheless, Virginia lawmakers are likely to hotly debate the legislation in the coming days. Several freshman Republicans won election partly on the promise to oppose Democratic initiatives on health care, the environment and economic stimulus, as did recently inaugurated Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Most controversial is the idea of an individual mandate -- a provision that would fine Americans who don't purchase health care. Marshall, R-Manassas, calls the mandate unconstitutional.

"If members of Congress are shoving something out that violates the provisions of the Constitution ... we have an obligation to stand up to it, not just to roll over and play dead," he said.

wflook[at]washingtonexaminer.com

Bills Would Limit Federal Power

Date published: 1/18/2010 WRITTEN BY CHELYEN DAVIS

Source: Courtesy of Fredricksburg Free Lance Star

RICHMOND--Last year's "tea parties" and health care town halls gave voice to a groundswell of concerns about federal government spending and encroachment into people's lives.

Now those concerns are finding voice in state legislation aimed at limiting the federal government's power.

Several members of the Virginia House of Delegates, including Del. Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, have submitted bills that aim, in various ways, to restrict federal influence.

Del. Bob Marshall, R-Prince William, has put in bills to exempt Virginians from federal health care mandates. Cole has a similar bill. He has also introduced legislation to restrict federal oversight of commerce by saying that federal interstate commerce laws and regulations don't apply to goods and services made and sold in Virginia that don't cross state lines.

Cole also has a resolution urging Congress to establish a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution.

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