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Republicans Raise Objections, Protesters Raise a Ruckus

The chair also stopped during the first votes on the day to lecture the House on the rules of decorum and the misuse of handouts on the House floor — after majority staff said Democrats walked into the chamber to find photos of Democratic Members defeated in 1994 placed on their seats.Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said Republicans had placed the photos there.The chair noted that the rules of decorum require materials to contain the name of the Member authorizing the distribution and should comport with the decorum of the House — an apparent rebuke for Republicans.On Sunday morning, House Republicans huddled briefly on the Senate side of the Capitol before marching en masse through the second floor into the House chamber.During the meeting, leaders rallied their members for the last day of the health care debate, according to GOP sources inside the meeting.Pence highlighted the achievements of several Members over the past week, including Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) — who Pence said “harnessed the love of the American people.”Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (La.), the only Republican to vote for the House health care reform bill, received a standing ovation for his decision to vote against the Senate legislation, the sources said.Cao has said he would not vote for the Senate bill because it did not include language that explicitly barred federal funding of abortions.Steven T. Dennis, Daniel Newhauser and Tory Newmyer contributed to this report.

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