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GOP Won't Rename 'Repealing The Job Killing Health Care Law Act'


House Dems had the same understanding as they entered a caucus meeting Wednesday morning.

After the Giffords shooting touched off a heated debate over the use of violent political rhetoric, the schedule and name of the health care repeal bill fell into doubt.

"A good place to start a more civil dialog would be for my Republican colleagues in the House to change the name of the bill they have introduced to repeal health care reform," wrote Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) in the Huffington Post. "Don't get me wrong -- I'm not suggesting that the name of that one piece of legislation somehow led to the horror of this weekend -- but is it really necessary to put the word 'killing' in the title of a major piece of legislation?"

Changing the name of the bill would require another act of Congress. Last week, before the Arizona shootings, the House passed a rule governing debate on the repeal bill -- changing the name would require revisiting that rule. Democrats have called the notion of repealing health care reform a "job killer," and though they're not using that in the title of any legislation, we'll see if they plan to refrain from the same rhetoric.

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