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Democrats have to plow through GOP amendments

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are vowing to bat down all of the amendments being offered by Republicans, as they work toward approval of a companion measure to the health care overhaul bill. It makes changes demanded by House Democrats. Majority Leader Harry Reid is ridiculing some of those amendments, asking, "How serious could they be offering an amendment on Viagra for rapists?" He's talking about an amendment from Republican Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who wants to prohibit health insurance coverage of Viagra for sex offenders.

Republicans are hoping to force Democrats to make politically costly votes in order to get to a final vote on the companion bill. Voting is expected to start later today. Republicans have been using the floor debate as an opportunity to repeat the accusations that the Obama health care plan rases taxes and slashes medicare, and that its requirement for all Americans to carry health insurance is unconstitutional.

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