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Health Care Reform

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Madam Speaker, this time the process is substance. As the Democratic majority prepares to jam President Obama's health care through Congress despite his lack of support from the American people, our constituents need to know what is going on about the process.

Yesterday in Ohio, President Obama demanded that members of his own party show courage and vote for his vision of health care, yet this morning, the front page headline in The Washington Post reads ``Pelosi may try to pass health bill without vote.''

In the body of this story, the Speaker refers to a procedural scheme to allow the President to sign the Senate-passed health bill without the House actually voting on it or even debating it. She said, ``It's more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know. But I like it because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill.'' Imagine that. Affecting 17 percent of the entire U.S. economy without a public vote in the House.

My colleagues, I ask you, is that courage?

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