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House Majority Leader's high-speed rail talk turns into high-speed ruckus

By By PAT BAILEY

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - During a news conference at Union Station in Utica on Tuesday, Congressman Michael Arcuri and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, were interrupted with shouting from taxpayers upset over government spending.

Although the Tuesday news conference was intended to discuss high-speed rail funding, the real story to come out of the news conference was the argument over health care between the House Majority Leader and some upset taxpayers.

During the talk about high speed rail, Majority Leader Hoyer talked about the American Recovery Act, otherwise known to most as the Stimulus Bill. Hoyer said he does not like to call it "stimulus," rather a recovery for the U.S. That first upset some of those in attendance.

However, the argument escalated when those same taxpayers started talking about government spending, taxes, and more specifically, corporate taxes.

"You're lying to me," said Don Jeror as he loudly interrupted Hoyer. "Just because I don't have sophisticated language, I can recognize a liar when I see one."

Hoyer continued, talking about how the Recovery Act was working, but was then interrupted again.

"For the last three months, housing stats are up in America, the last three months," said Hoyer.

After yelling from the same group of people about corporate taxes being too high, Hoyer said those numbers were just as high during the Bush administration.

Continuing on about government spending, Jeror shouted his displeasure about the proposed health care bill Congress is working on.

"Why would you guys try to stuff a health care bill down our throats in three to four weeks, when the President took six months to pick a dog for his kids?!" said Jeror.

Finally, after about five minutes of interruptions, Hoyer finished his address.

"There are some of us who believe this is a great country and it will be a greater country because of the investment we are making," Hoyer said.

Outbursts, or protests like this are happening at town hall meetings all over the country.

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