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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on a radio show today that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has Democrats on a "suicide run" by using reconciliation to pass fixes to health care reform.

"They're scrambling to round up the votes and Nancy Pelosi, I think, has got them all liquored up on sake and you know, they're making a suicide run here," Graham said on South Carolina radio station WVOC.

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Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) today made the following statement regarding Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-CT) financial reform proposal. Here's the full text:

"Republicans want to reach a bipartisan agreement with Chairman Dodd on substantive financial reform that protects taxpayers, strengthens our economy, and preserves the competitiveness of our financial markets. Over the coming days, my Republican Banking Committee colleagues and I will give Chairman Dodd's proposal the serious consideration it deserves. Given the magnitude, complexity, and importance of this task, it is critical that we have sufficient time for a thorough review. This bill is 1,336 pages long. Forcing the Banking Committee to vote on this proposal in a single week is unrealistic and undercuts the potential for bipartisan agreement. Strong reform should not fear scrutiny."

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner released the following statement today on Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-CT) financial regulation plan. Here's the full text:

"This is a strong bill. We hope the Committee and the Senate will move forward quickly to pass comprehensive reform. We need a strong, independent consumer financial protection agency that is accountable for setting and enforcing clear rules across the financial marketplace. And we need strong authority to limit risk-taking and protect the taxpayer. Enacting reform will help reduce uncertainty about the rules of the road going forward. Passing strong reforms here at home will also give us the ability to put in place a level playing field internationally, with high standards. As the President said, as the bill moves forward, we will take every opportunity to work with Chairman Dodd and his colleagues to strengthen the bill and will fight against efforts to weaken it."

In yet another setback for Gov. Charlie Crist's (R-FL) Senate campaign, it turns out that his former adviser who Crist himself appointed to the Senate, Sen. George LeMieux (R-FL), says he would have voted against the stimulus -- which Crist supported.

LeMieux said he would have voted against the plan, "now that we see how little of that money has stimulated the economy," according to the St. Petersburg Times. LeMieux also said, though, that he could understand why some people had supported it: "You know hindsight is 20/20 ... The sky was falling."

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House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today on the Obama Administration's push for Israel to cancel its East Jerusalem construction plans. Here's the full text: "The Administration's decision to escalate its rhetoric following Vice President Biden's visit to Israel is not merely irresponsible, it is an affront to the values and foundation of our long-term relationship with a close friend and ally. The Administration has demonstrated a repeated pattern since it took office: while it makes concessions to countries acting contrary to U.S. national interests, it ignores or snubs the commitments, shared values and sacrifices of many of our country's best allies.

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This is the week that Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) will be forced to show his cards and reveal whether he actually has the votes (and the will) to kill health care reform.

By all appearances, House leadership has given up on attempts to reach an accord with Stupak, and other pro-life Democrats who disapprove of the Senate bill's abortion language. Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others hope that most of them will come to their senses (perhaps after a bit of arm-twisting and pressure from the White House) and vote for the bill.

Stupak himself has acknowledged that Pelosi has probably pulled a couple Democrats away from his group. "The House Democratic leaders think they have the votes to pass the Senate's health-care bill without us," Stupak told the conservative magazine National Review last week. "At this point, there is no doubt that they've been able to peel off one or two of my twelve."

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