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U.S. Rep. Fattah Says Congress Should Still Push for Health Care Reform

In the wake of the surprise Republican victory in the Massachusetts senate race, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah put out this statement:

U.S. Rep. Fattah Says Congress Should Still Push for Health Care Reform

In the wake of the surprise Republican victory in the Massachusetts senate race, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah put out this statement:

Rep. Fattah Says: Respect Obama’s National Mandate and Push Ahead for Healthcare Reform

WASHINGTON D.C., Jan. 20, 2010 -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) calls it “morally and intellectually dishonest” to argue that yesterday’s election in Massachusetts should trump the 50-state results of 2008. Here is his statement

“We as Democrats respect the results of yesterday’s special election in one state, Massachusetts, and will shortly welcome Senator-elect Scott Brown to Washington. In the same spirit I call upon our Republican colleagues to respect the results of the 50-state election that led to the inauguration, just one year ago today, of President Barack Obama. That 50-state election of 2008 produced overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress for the Obama program of progress, dignity and equity, especially in his advocacy for comprehensive healthcare reform.

“It is morally and intellectually dishonest to argue for respect of a single state election while ignoring the voice of more than 69 million voters – the greatest turnout for a single candidate in the nation’s history. This national mandate remains as we begin Year Two of the Obama Administration and it trumps any single state election. That mandate deserves, and demands, the respect of all Americans, especially members of Congress as we continue to advance the President’s agenda and push ahead for healthcare reform.”

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