"I understand that sometimes we're in the business of arm-twisting, but twisting people's arms so that they can be haters has never happened before on the floor of this House," Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat, said.
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He says that by retiring in a presidential election year he will help ensure that his district stays in Democratic hands because of the high Democratic turnout in a presidential year.
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