Legislative flurry

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:824
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    “Nothing,” they say “concentrates the mind of Washington politicians as well as an upcoming election.” Accordingly, in late July, they all got down to business, the warring parties toned down their rhetoric, and bipartisanship became the order of the day. In quick succession they voted to make drinking water safer; acted on a Democrat inspired measure to raise the minimum hourly wage and on a largely Republican bill to reform welfare; compromised on health care insurance; and took preliminary stabs at dealing with terrorism, immigration, and making English the nation's official language.

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