SCHIP Passes the House: 289 – 139
Howie has the run-down on some procedural maneuvers from the GOP, with whom several wayward Dems also joined. Readers will no doubt recognize some of the names involved: Heath Schuler (NC), Baron Hill (IN), Walt Minick (ID), Bobby Bright (AL), Gene Taylor (MS), Jim Marshall (GA), and Mike McIntyre (NC).
Especially those Blue Dogs we lambasted last time around on SCHIP.
Clearly they didn’t quite get the message. So if folks have suggestions on some progressives that could run against them in a primary come 2010, I’m all ears.
In the meantime, the SCHIP battle moves on to the Senate. Please take some time to call your Senators today and support SCHIP. The fine folks at FamiliesUSA have set up an 800 number for calls on this issue: 1-800-828-0498.
Thanks, gang, for all the calls to the House!
If folks could particularly concentrate on Senators on the Finance Committee, which will be doing mark-up on the bill next, that would be fantastic:
Senate Finance Committee Members:
Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT)
John Rockefeller, IV (D-WV)
Kent Conrad (D-ND)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
John Kerry (D-MA)
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Ken Salazar (D-CO)
Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, (R-UT)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
John Ensign (R-NV)
Update: President Elect Obama praised the SCHIP vote:
“In this moment of crisis, ensuring that every child in America has access to affordable healthcare is not just good economic policy, but a moral obligation we hold as parents and citizens," Obama said in a statement. "That is why I’m so pleased that Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives came together to provide health insurance to over ten million children whose families have been hurt most by this downturn. This coverage is critical, it is fully paid for, and I hope that the Senate acts with the same sense of urgency so that it can be one of the first measures I sign into law when I am President.”
Update: Speaker Pelosi on SCHIP: