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BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: January 21, 2010
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Boren said he didn’t know what his party’s leaders would do about health care legislation. The House and Senate passed different versions of health insurance reform, and Boren said there may not be a vote now on either. Boren voted against the House bill and opposed other major initiatives pushed by House Democratic leaders.

Boren, Coburn and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said part of Brown’s message in Massachusetts is that the country is still at war and terrorists shouldn’t be given criminal trials in civilian courts, as Obama has proposed. The three Oklahoma lawmakers have also criticized the decision to hold trials for alleged terrorists in the United States.

Inhofe, the leading opponent in Congress of efforts to create a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions to curb global warming, said climate change legislation was likely dead even before Brown’s victory.

"The nails were all in the coffin,” he said. "There might have been some loose ones, but they’re all solid now.”

The senator said he wouldn’t be surprised if some Democratic senators up for re-election this year decide not to run. He alsosaid that the Republican win would have an impact on other races involving Democratic incumbents.


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