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Boehner: The People of Massachusetts Stood Up and Said, 'Enough is Enough.'

GOP Leader Comments on Scott Brown's Victory and the Future of the Health Care Debate

Contact: Michael Steel, Kevin Smith, 202-225-4000 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 /Standard Newswire/ -- At the weekly Republican leadership press conference, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) discussed Senator-elect Scott Brown's victory in the Massachusetts special election and the debate in Congress on health care and jobs.  Following are Boehner's remarks:

    "For nine months, I've talked to you about the political rebellion that's been brewing in America.  It manifested itself in August at town hall meetings around the country.  We saw it manifest itself in what happened in Virginia and New Jersey back in November.  And we saw it manifest itself again last night in Massachusetts, when the people of Massachusetts stood up and said, 'enough is enough.'  And it's pretty clear that while the American people continue to speak, the Democrat leadership here in this House continues to ignore them and is looking for some way to continue to press this health care bill to a vote. 
    "You've heard what the Speaker said yesterday and what the Majority Leader said, 'we're going to find some way to push this over the line.'  It's that kind of arrogance that has the American people about ready to pull their hair out and about ready to throw every Democrat out of here.  But we have to remember, this is not just about health care, it's about the 'stimulus' plan that isn't working, it's about the cap-and-trade bill, it's about the trillion-dollar deficits for as far as the eye can see.  The American people want us to get the economy going again.  Because they continue to ask the question, 'where are the jobs?'  And what we need to do is get our economy going again and get the American people back to work."