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Dysfunctional Politics

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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. CARNAHAN. Madam Speaker, yesterday, a Republican Representative from my State actually told the truth about the 31st attempt to repeal the new health care law. He told a St. Louis newspaper that today's vote is just because ``we want to get people on the record.'' We've done that 30 times already.

The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. It was passed by the Congress, signed by the President, and found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

This Republican health care repeal bill isn't about people. It's about more divisive, dysfunctional politics. They know the repeal bill is pointless, and there is no way we're going backwards to the broken health care system of the past. Let's use the time to pass a jobs bill. Let's pass the middle class tax cut extension that we all agree with. Let's pass my bill that will protect veterans returning from war zones from the impacts of psychological damage.

Today, our troops are killing themselves at a rate of nearly one a day. They urgently need our help. Let's do something for them. Let's do something that actually matters to the American people. Let's put ourselves on record for the people, for jobs, rather than wasting time casting the same vote 30 times.


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