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I have spent the last several days immersed in the details of this budget deal, trying to understand its real-world impact on Oregon’s middle class and small businesses.  I have a single, simple measure to evaluate this proposal: is it going to create greater opportunities for prosperity and success for working Americans?  Unfortunately, I have concluded that it will not, and so I cannot support it.

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Millions of Americans remain unemployed and countless families are losing their homes to foreclosure.  So why are House Republican leaders proposing to torpedo the economy?

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For too long, tricks and traps in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial transactions have stripped wealth from working families.  This is insane.  Our policies should build the wealth and success of families, not undermine them.

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Dear Friends,

At 7 am this morning, a short time ago, I voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  It passed.

If you are like me, it is hard to respond with uninhibited celebration.  It is hard to celebrate when you are mourning.  I am mourning the loss of the national public option.  I am mourning the infringement on women's constitutional right to choose.  

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Leaders from around the globe are meeting right now in Copenhagen to forge an agreement on solving the growing threat of global warming.  Their work could not come at a better time: with each passing week and month, the evidence of an already-changing climate mounts and the urgency of our need to act grows.

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Last night, we took a huge step forward towards passing health care reform.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled details of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the CBO score stating that the bill will reduce the budget deficit by $127 billion dollars over the first 10 years and provide coverage to tens of millions of Americans who are currently uninsured.

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Greetings Daily Kos!  The past few months the political debate inside and outside the beltway has largely been centered on health care reform, but I wanted to take a moment and turn the discussion to the big battle looming on the horizon.  

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Greetings!  I wanted to take a minute and give you an update on the current status of health care reform in the Senate.  But, before I begin, I want to commend you all for keeping the pressure on your Representatives and Senators to support a public health insurance option.  It’s important that your voice is heard during this critical debate about how to reform our broken health care system.

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Over and over again, I hear from Oregonians that we need real health care reform that provides every American with access to quality, affordable care.  That is why Congress and President Obama are so focused on this issue.

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