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Washington, D.C.--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the following statement this evening in reaction to the results of the Massachusetts special election:

"The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received. I want thank Senator Paul Kirk for his tremendous service over the last few months. His service to the people of Massachusetts in the place of his friend, Senator Ted Kennedy, was brief but honorable.

"While Senator-elect Brown's victory changes the political math in the Senate, we remain committed to strengthening our economy, creating good paying jobs and ensuring all Americans can access affordable health care. We hope that Scott Brown will join us in these efforts. There is much work to do to address the problems Democrats inherited last year, and we plan to move full speed ahead.

"Regardless of the size of their minority caucus, Senate Republicans have always had an obligation to join us in governing our nation through these difficult times. Today's election doesn't change that; In fact it is now more important than before for Republicans to work with us rather than against us if we are to find common ground that improves Americans' lives."


Senator-elect Scott Brown
'There's a reason the nation was focused on this race: The voters in Massachusetts, like Americans everywhere, have made it abundantly clear where they stand on health care'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement regarding Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass.):

"I want to congratulate Senator-elect Scott Brown on his decisive victory. There's a reason the nation was focused on this race: The voters in Massachusetts, like Americans everywhere, have made it abundantly clear where they stand on health care. They don't want this bill and want Washington to listen to them. Americans are investing their hopes in good Republican candidates to reverse a year-long Democrat trend of ignoring the American people on the issues of health care, spending and the growth of government."


PERMALINK | WASHINGTON, DC - House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement tonight on Scott Brown's victory in the Massachusetts special election:

"I want to congratulate Scott Brown on an important win tonight. Scott's victory is a clear sign that voters are screaming 'STOP' at the Democrats' jobs-killing agenda - even in the bluest of blue states.

"While Democratic leaders may be tempted to quickly ram their government takeover of health care down America's throat, they should take Scott's victory as an opportunity to scrap their bill, start over, and start working with Republicans on the issues that matter to American families - especially jobs and our struggling economy.

"One year after President Obama was inaugurated the unemployment rate has soared past the Administration's projections. Americans continue to ask, 'where are the jobs?' But all they've gotten from the Democrats who run Washington is 'cap and trade,' a 'stimulus' that isn't working, a record deficit, a health care bill written behind closed doors, and slush funds for politicians.

"Republicans have better solutions that will curb spending, cut taxes, help small businesses create new jobs, get control of the debt, and lower health care costs while stopping a government takeover. Out-of-touch Washington Democrats can now do one of two things: work with Republicans to help the country, or keep their heads in the sand and face the consequences this November."

The Freedom Project is a political action committee (PAC) established in 1995 to provide assistance to Republican candidates for federal office who believe in freedom, security, empowered citizens, and personal responsibility. Boehner serves as honorary chairman.

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As a lifetime Democrat who voted for Obama, I was nevertheless rooting for a Republican to win the Mass. election in order to stop the health care legislation from being rammed down our throats.

If there were a referendum on the health care reform, I think Obama would see how badly he had misjudged the political landscape regarding this issue. The voters may want a bit of tweaking in the system, but the proposed massive overhaul with its added taxation on Americans is too much for the country to swallow in a time when so many other economic problems exist.

When times are good, people vote with their consciences. When times are bad, people vote with their pocketbooks. President Obama, do you know what time it is?

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