Nathan Deal postponing resignation to vote against health-care reform

Copyright 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010; 5:11 PM

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), who is resigning from Congress to run for governor, announced Thursday that he would stick around the House to vote against the health-care bill. "Just two days after I announced my intentions to leave Congress, the majority party stepped up the schedule for the proposed health care bill. Having been deeply involved in all health care legislation for the past decade, I knew it was important to stay and vote down this bill," Deal said in a statement. He will leave Congress March 31, three weeks later than planned. On Thursday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs set March 18 as the deadline by which a final bill should be passed. "Yesterday, as I listened to President Obama's aggressive push for a quick vote on 'Obama-Care,' it was clear that I must stay in Congress and continue to fight against the most liberal health care agenda

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