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House Dems Press GOP To Announce Whether They'll Accept Government Health Care


To wit: "Not later than 15 days after taking the oath of office, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall notify the Clerk of whether that Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner elects to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program."

Republicans voted it down -- historically, they've been better than Democrats at voting party line against all minority procedural gambits. But for all the pitfalls of the minority, the Dems will have some fun the next two years. They've got a lot to work with.

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