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If the recent passage of the $395-billion Medicare prescription-drug bill teaches us anything, it is that just electing more Republicans to the House and Senate accomplishes very little.  We have a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican President.  Yet over 200 House Republicans voted for the biggest expansion of the Great Society welfare state in nearly four decades.  Only 25 voted against it.  In the Senate, only 9 out of 51 Republicans voted “no.”  On December 8, President Bush signed the bill and is now trumpeting it as a great accomplishment.  We have plenty of Republicans in Washington, but few who actually believe in smaller government.

In the end, the bill passed with just two votes to spare in the House in a roll call that started at 3:00 A.M. on Saturday, November 22, and ended just before 6:00 A.M.  This was the longest time ever taken for a House vote.

During the days before the vote, Club for Growth Advocacy alerted every House Republican that we opposed the bill because of its enormous cost and because it is a giant leap toward Hillary-style health-care.  We released a poll showing that most seniors are satisfied with their existing prescription-drug insurance coverage and that they oppose the bill when they learn of the details.  We called all of the Club members in the House to remind them of our opposition and to urge them to hold...

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