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Mike Haridopolos goes to Washington for 'Repeal Amendment'

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November

A group of conservatives, including Senate President Mike Haridopolos, will gather in Washington this morning to make the case for a constitutional amendment that would allow two-thirds of the states to repeal a federal law. The so-called Repeal Amendment comes as critics are trying to overturn the health care law through the courts.

"The idea behind the Repeal Amendment is federalism at its core – it gives power back to the states as the Founders intended," Haridopolos says in a statement released by the organizer. "If we do not stand now and stand firm, we are undermining our Constitution, and the 10th Amendment becomes meaningless. The Repeal Amendment takes that stand and that is why I am happy to support it.”

The group behind the effort said it has gathered key supporters in 10 states.

Haridopolos' new job as Senate president aside, he seems to be trying to raise his profile among conservative activists, with a possible run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

Washington is a popular place to visit this week. Also today, former Gov. Jeb Bush is in town for the Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform. On Wednesday, Gov.-elect Rick Scott is expected to meet with incoming House Speaker John Boehner.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:36am]

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