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Maryland Democrats resist latest Obamacare repeal effort

April 21st, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Four Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation told voters gathered at a town hall meeting in Baltimore on Thursday that they will continue to push back on Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, including a new plan expected in coming days. "I don't know that we're going to be able to avoid to fight this every single month," said Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "I pledge to you [that] we're going to fight as hard as we can."

The Baltimore Sun reports the four Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Chris Van Hollen as well as Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Sarbanes, all of whom represent at least a portion of Baltimore City — met with about 600 voters who turned out at the War Memorial Building.

The town hall, which also touched on immigration, education and criminal justice, came as lawmakers are preparing to head back to Washington next week for an uncertain few days. Congress must pass a funding bill by the end of the week to avoid a government shutdown. Republicans, meanwhile, are divided over whether to also take vote on a revised Obamacare replacement bill.

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