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White House congratulates Sen. Brown

January 20, 2010

The White House released a brief statement on the victory Tuesday night of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown.

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

January 19, 2010

“This evening the President spoke to both candidates in the hard-fought Massachusetts Senate race. The President congratulated Senator Brown on his victory and a well-run campaign. The President told Senator Brown that he looks forward to working with him on the urgent economic challenges facing Massachusetts families and struggling families across our nation.

The President thanked Attorney General Coakley for her hard work and urged her to continue her advocacy on behalf of working people.”

Earlier in the day, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked repeatedly whether a Brown victory ends any hopes for a health care bill.

Congress Daily reported Tuesday night that despite the election results House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working toward passing a health care plan.

“Regardless of what happens in Massachusetts, we still have to resolve the differences in our two bills,” Speaker Pelosi said before polls had closed in Massachusetts.

At least one Democratic senator called for a timeout on the health care effort.

“In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on healthcare reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on healthcare legislation until Sen.-elect Brown is seated,” Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said.


Brown’s 52-47 victory ends the Democrats’ filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.

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