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Senate Amendments To H.R. 3590, Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act Of 2009, And H.R. 4872, Health Care And Education Reconciliation Act Of 2010

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. BIGGERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today deeply troubled, not just by this bill, but by the historic opportunity this body has squandered. We had so long to get this right, so many chances to take a step back and listen, really listen, to what the American people were asking us.

Instead, true leadership was cast aside in favor of backroom deals, partisan games, and legislative gimmicks. The best intentions on both sides of the aisle never had a chance to turn good ideas into great policy, and we were left with a bill that is so poorly crafted that we are voting to overhaul it the same day it is going to the President.

But the American people still have a choice. It is not between this partisan bill and nothing. We can work together to deliver the commonsense reforms that the American people want.

Mr. Speaker, I know many colleagues have been struggling with this vote. I urge them to vote ``no'' and work with us to pass reforms we can all be proud of, that we can all vote for.

Mr. Speaker, I vote ``no.''


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