Small construction firms would be required to offer health insurance under an addition to Senate health care legislation. Several trade groups oppose the measure, noting that the industry is struggling with soaring unemployment and heightened competition for limited available work. "If Washington was looking for a way to push more construction workers into unemployment lines, the late-night amendment to the health care 'reform' measure does just that," said Stephen Sandherr, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America.

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