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Topic - Bill Huizenga
Employees at a western Michigan manufacturing company might not all agree with the Catholic owners' religious stance on birth control, but that doesn't mean any of them want their generous health benefits to change.
Democratic and Republican politicians alike hailed the news in 2009 that U.S. battery maker A123 Systems had won a quarter-billion-dollar federal grant, but just three years later, the company finds itself bankrupt and the target of a buyout by a Chinese competitor.
The office nameplates are posted, key committee assignments doled out and the staff members are - more or less - in place. For the history-making class of freshmen who flipped the House from Democratic to Republican control, now comes the hard part: governing in opposition to a president intent on his own re-election.
Rep. Bill Huizenga, a Michigan Republican who said Mr. Kennedy is a respected businessman in his district, said the calculus would be different if publicly traded corporations were under the microscope in this debate.
"This isn't France It's called the free market," he said, adding, "John's been swimming upstream on this."