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Washington Sketch: No shortage of Republican objections during House health-care debate

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By Dana Milbank
Sunday, November 8, 2009

At long last House Democrats passed their health-care legislation Saturday night. The Republicans objected. Often.

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The debate was only a few minutes old when Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) rose to speak. "I ask unanimous consent -- "

"I object!" shouted Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), the leader of House conservatives.

" -- to revise and extend -- " Capps continued.

"I object! I object!" Price hollered.

Capps tried again. "I ask unanimous consent to revise my -- "

"I object!"

" -- remarks -- "

"I object! I object! I object! I object!"

The presiding officer pointed out that Capps had not said anything that could be objected to.

Capps started over. "I ask unanimous consent to revise my remarks -- "

"I object!" cried Price, sounding like Ned Flanders on "The Simpsons." "I object! I object! I object! I object!"

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