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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan on 40th Vote to Repeal Health Care Reform: Simply Unacceptable

Aug 2, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON—On the final day before Congress leaves Washington for five weeks,  House members will not vote on legislation that would help create jobs, jumpstart the economy, or support middle class families. Instead, Republican leadership has brought to the floor for the 40th time, and the second time in two weeks, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and leave more than 50,000 people in the second district at risk of being denied health coverage because of a pre-existing condition. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement on the Republicans’ misplaced priorities and the need to concentrate on jobs:

“Eighty-six percent of Americans want Congress to focus on job creation, but Republican leadership would rather focus on a 40th vote for a bill they know will never become law. At a time when nearly 12 million Americans are out of work, and the unemployment rate in Wisconsin is at 6.8%, Republican leadership continues to hold this body hostage to their extreme right wing factions. This is simply unacceptable. Instead of pursing partisan bills for partisan purposes, the GOP should listen to the American people, work with Democrats, and help get the American people back to work.”

In the 212 days since the start of the 113th Congress, Republicans have failed to pass a single jobs bill.