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Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, argued Friday that few people want Congress to put its work agenda on hold to take down the health care law.

“What’s going on here — and I’ve never seen anything quite like this — is, this small few who represent maybe 5 percent of the electorate dictate what’s going on, hold the country by the neck and paralyze things,” he said. “The good news is, we do have elections. And if they succeed in their platform, they will fail the way Mitt Romney failed.”