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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio waits for the start of a Joint Session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday to count the Electoral College votes. Vice President Joe Biden presided over a Joint Session of Congress Friday as four members of the House and Senate took turns announcing the votes that had been tallied in state capitals last month affirming the re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
During the fast-tracked effort to reform health care, millions of phone calls and emails to our representatives, communicating the needs and concerns of constituents, gained the attention of both sides of the aisle. Representatives had to listen, for fear that upcoming elections would hold them accountable.