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Health Care Repeal Fails in Senate

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The Senate last night rejected a Republican move to repeal the health care reform law. Maybe now they will focus on the nation’s most pressing need—JOBS.

Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “Republicans celebrated Groundhog Day by once again popping their heads up and rehashing old health care battles.”

But today’s vote in the Senate sent a clear and important message:  Instead of engaging in divisive, dead-end fights such as repealing the Affordable Care Act, it’s time to work together to rebuild our economy by creating jobs and investing in our country.

The repeal measure, an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, fell by 47-51 vote with all Republicans voting for repeal and all Democrats opposed. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) were absent.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) echoed the call for lawmakers to focus on jobs. "The time for fighting old battles is behind us. Republicans should work with us to create the jobs of the future and move our country forward."


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