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After voting against debating health reform, Republicans demand Senate ‘stay in’ to debate this weekend.

By Igor Volsky  

"After voting against debating health reform, Republicans demand Senate ‘stay in’ to debate this weekend."

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When the Senate voted to proceed on the health care reform bill, not a single Republican voted to begin debate. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) claimed that “the American people are going to be surprised at the time that we waste when we could be solving jobs and the economy.” Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) said, “I would suggest we put aside the health care debate until next year.” But today, Republicans took to the floor to urge Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) — who announced yesterday that Senate may adjourn for the weekend — to continue debating health care:

– SEN. BOB CORKER (R-TN): “I hope to be with you all weekend, discussing with you amendments that are important, voting on those amendments — I can’t imagine a better place for all of us to be.”

– SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ): “We need to stay in, we need to know what the proposals are, we need to have votes on it and we need to tell the American people what’s going on behind closed doors.”

- SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY): “We need to be here, and more importantly than being here, equally important than being here, is to vote…we must stay here and do it and we’re prepared to be here and vote.”

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