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Nancy Pelosi Slams GOP's 'So Be It' Attitude
Janis Esche

Feb 18, 2011, 16:37

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House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi is entreating Congress to reject the attempt to block funding for the Obama administration's health care overhaul, saying the Republican-backed measure is just another reflection of the GOP's "so be it" dismissal of potential job loss.

"I urge my colleagues to vote against this amendment, which is another manifestation of the 'so be it' attitude of some in Congress at the expense of many in our country," Pelosi said Friday, according to a C-SPAN broadcast.

On Tuesday, Pelosi seized on Speaker John Boehner's "so be it" remarks in response to a question about possible job loss related to the GOP's planned $100 billion cuts from the Continuing Resolution.

�Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs and if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. We�re broke!� Boehner, R-Ohio, said Tuesday, as quoted by ABC News. �It�s time for us to get serious about how we�re spending the nation�s money.�

�Democrats do not subscribe to Speaker Boehner�s verdict that if jobs are lost in this Continuing Resolution, �So be it,�" Pelosi fired back Tuesday.  "Maybe �So be it� for him.  But not �So be it� for the people who are losing their jobs.  Instead, we support President Obama�s budget to �out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.��

Addressing the House Friday, Pelosi said the attempt to overturn the health care reform is "another example of our friends standing up for the insurance companies at the expense of the American people."

"It is again an example of holding on to the special interest status quo," she added. "It is again this Congress saying to the American people, we are here for the special interest. We are not here for the people's interest.

"The American people are desperate for jobs. They sent us here to work together to create jobs. And not in the six weeks of this new majority, not one piece of legislation has come forward to create one job," Pelosi said.

"Showing the lack of ideas to do so the Republican majority has chosen instead to change the subject," Pelosi said.

The House voted earlier this year to completely repeal the health care program, which would force Americans to obtain health insurance or be fined. The repeal failed due to support for the law from Obama and the Democratic-run Senate.

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