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March 23, 2010
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Bark beetle hearing canceled over health care

DENVER - U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and a Colorado state senator have gotten caught in the crossfire over health care.

A hearing Tuesday on Udall's bill to protect communities from bark beetles was canceled after Republicans angry over the passage of health insurance reform legislation blocked it by using an obscure Senate rule requiring a unanimous consent to hold hearings scheduled after 2 p.m.

Among the witnesses set to testify at the hearing was Colorado state Rep. Christine Scanlan, who represents the Vail Valley, and Colorado state Sen. Dan Gibbs.

Udall says he hopes to get the hearing rescheduled this week.

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