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Senate Republicans Pass Out Campaign Talking Points

Senate Republicans are being sent home for election season with a tri-fold card that provides talking points on health care, taxes, the economy — even Senate procedure. The list of priorities on the back of the card prepared by the Republican Conference reads like an early to-do list for a possible Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. It does not explicitly call for a full repeal of the health care overhaul law often called Obamacare, but focuses generically on "health care reforms that lower costs & put patients in charge." The list includes a rollback of the 30-hour workweek definition and the excise tax on medical devices — pieces of Affordable Care Act. There are also references to approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, tax and regulation overhauls, as well as a provision to expand workplace flexibility. The argument against the Democratic majority is one that should be familiar, criticizing the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on vote timing and the regular practice of precluding amendments, calling the Senate Chamber a graveyard. "When Dems block amendments, they block the voices of millions of constituents," the card, circulated by GOP aides, said. The talking points on health care, the economy and foreign affairs also look familiar. "From ISIS to Ukraine to Iran, Obama continues to lead from behind," it said, before citing numbers from a pair of NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls.