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Pelosi: 'Today, We Have the Opportunity to Complete the Great Unfinished Business of Our Society and Pass Health Insurance Reform for All Americans'
Date:3/21/2010

WASHINGTON, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor tonight in support of historic health insurance reform legislation.  The House passed the Senate version of health insurance reform legislation by a vote of 219 to 212. That bill now goes to the President for his signature into law.  A second bill, to improve the Senate bill, passed by a vote of 220 to 211 and goes to the Senate.  Below are the Speaker's remarks.  

"Thank you, my colleagues.  Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I thank the gentleman for yielding.  I thank all of you for bringing us to this moment.  

"It is with great humility and with great pride that we tonight will make history for our country and progress for the American people.  [Applause]  Just think—we will be joining those who established Social Security, Medicare, and now tonight health care for all Americans. [Applause]

"In doing so, we will honor the vows of our founders, who in the Declaration of Independence said that we are 'endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'  This legislation will lead to healthier lives, more liberty to pur
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