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Freedom, Laws, and the Commerce Clause

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Freedom, Laws, and the Commerce Clause
June 19, 2013 6:00 pm
June 19, 2013 9:00 pm
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Charles Koch Institute
June 12, 2013
Capitol Hill
DC, United States
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Freedom, Laws, and the Commerce Clause


The Hon. Michael S. Lee (R-UT)


Wednesday, June 19
Capitol Hill*
6:00 PM
Guest Arrival
6:15 PM
Remarks and Q&A



To be followed by drinks and hors d’oeuvres


*Details available upon RSVP



Nearly twelve months ago, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion upholding the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate on the grounds that the “Federal Government does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance.” However, Chief Justice Roberts also opined that the “Federal Government does not have the power to order people to buy health insurance.”


Through reining in what some critics deem to be a broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause, Chief Justice Roberts, according to SCOTUSblog’s Lyle Denniston, struck “a major blow to Congress’s authority to pass social welfare laws.”


As part of the Charles Koch Institute’s commitment to dialogue and discovery, we’re excited to host Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss his view on the ruling and its wider implications for societal well-being, individual liberty, and economic freedom.


The Charles Koch Institute was created in September 2011 as a reflection of the tremendous growth of the professional education programs first started by the Charles Koch Foundation. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) educational organization that gives professionals and students opportunities to turn their passion for economic freedom into careers through professional education programs. These opportunities include the Koch Internship Program, the Koch Associate Program, and Liberty@Work™. The Charles Koch Institute admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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