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Senate Dems hit snag with healthcare bill

WASHINGTON — After nine straight hours of beating back Republican amendments, Senate Democrats hit a temporary snag today in their drive to rush through a package of fixes to the big health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Democratic Senate leaders had hoped to complete work on the fix-it bill by midday Thursday and get it quickly to Obama ...

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Democrats report vandalism, threats

Bricks have been hurled through Democrats’ windows, a propane line was cut at the home of a congressman’s brother and lawmakers who voted for a federal health care bill have received obscenity-laced phone threats in the days before and after passage of the sweeping legislation. The FBI is investigating the vandalism and threats, which include the shattering of windows at ...

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Democrats to GOP: Healthcare reform done deal

WASHINGTON — The number two Senate Democrat accused Republicans today of refusing to accept the finality of health care changes, a day after President Barack Obama signed the most sweeping medical system remake since Medicare. “This is a political exercise for too many on the other side of the aisle,” said Sen. Dick Durbin. “We’re going to tell our people ...

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Hood yet to file healthcare bill lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark healthcare overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, was not one of them. “The Constitution nowhere authorizes the United States to mandate, either directly or under threat of penalty, that all ...

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NAM commends Taylor for voting against healthcare bill

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is expressing its thanks to Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) for opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). “Manufacturers commend Congressman Taylor for his leadership and political courage in opposing this fundamentally flawed legislation,” said NAM president John Engler. “The United States has lost more than two million manufacturing jobs ...

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Barbour, Bryant calls for state to challenge healthcare bill

JACKSON —  Gov. Haley Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, both Republicans, want the state to challenge the constitutionality of federal healthcare legislation that President Barack Obama plans to sign into law on Tuesday. Bryant sent a letter Monday to Attorney General Jim Hood, asking the Democrat to file a lawsuit on behalf of the state. Hood did not immediately ...

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House passes healthcare reform bill

WASHINGTON — A transformative health care bill is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature as Congress takes the final steps in Democrats’ improbable and history-making push for near-universal medical coverage. On the cusp of succeeding where numerous past congresses and administrations have failed, jubilant House Democrats voted 219-212 late Sunday to send legislation to Obama that would extend ...

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Obama, Dems muster healthcare reform votes

WASHINGTON — Triumph in their grasp, President Barack Obama and House Democrats demonstrated command of the votes needed to pass landmark health care legislation Sunday night, a climactic chapter in a century-long quest for near universal coverage. The House argued its way through a thicket of Republican objections toward a late-evening vote on the bill to extend coverage to 32 ...

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Republicans line up against healthcare reform

WASHINGTON — Democrats defended plans to push massive health care legislation through the House without a direct vote and Republicans assailed the strategy Tuesday, as both parties fenced ferociously over the health overhaul end game. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said that no final decision had been made on the complex parliamentary strategy, which would allow House Democrats to pass ...

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Democrats wary of healthcare legislation

WASHINGTON — Rank-and-file Democrats in Congress remain wary of health care legislation in spite of President Barack Obama’s closing argument for overhauling the system, well aware that success is far from assured and political perils abound. “I think he has succeeded in prying open a window of opportunity, but it’s a very narrow window,” said first-term Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va. ...

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