Congresswoman Nancy Boyda joined 349 other Representatives in yesterday's truly bipartisan vote to to block the Bush administration from cutting federal spending on Medicaid health care for the poor by $13 billion over the next five years.
According to the Washington Post
Two thirds of the Republicans joined every voting Democrat in the 349-62 vote to impose a one-year moratorium, through next March, on seven rules changes that the administration argues are needed to rectify waste and abuse in the state-federal partnership to provide health care to the poor.
Supporters of the bill said the rules would merely shift financial burdens to the states at a time of economic distress while reducing access to health care for the country's neediest people.
The governors of all 50 states, state Medicaid directors and others oppose the rules, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., told the House. "They know the devastating effects these rules would have on local communities, upon hospitals, and upon vulnerable beneficiaries."
This kind of vote is what we in the 2nd District are accustom to. And when common-sense Republicans connect with more mainstream values sensible legislation is always the result. The vote margin is so large that the House has more than enough to override the President's veto.