One of the lingering controversies in the federal health care debate is whether the minimum Medicaid eligibility rate will go up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.
That would affect Missouri, which has one of the lowest eligibility rates in the nation. But while Gov. Jay Nixon has been somewhat mum on the subject, other governors - including Democratic ones - are raising alarm. Some worry the increase would amount to an unfunded mandate that would hurt state budgets.
I asked Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, about the issue after she finished a town hall forum in Jefferson City:
Unlike U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, and -to some extent - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, Sen. Kit Bond seems far more open to refueling the "Cash for Clunkers" program.
The U.S. House passed legislation moving $2 billion from the federal stimulus package to the program that provides government rebates for people who trade in old vehicles. Luetkemeyer was one of 109 lawmakers to vote against the bill.
Following up on a blog post I wrote for the Columbia Business Times, the U.S. House voted today to infuse $2 billion into the so-called “Cash for Clunkers” program.
The program – which offers government rebates to consumers who trade
in old cars or trucks – quickly ran out of money after just a few days
of existence. That spurred Congress into pumping in more money to keep
the program afloat.
The legislation passed today would shift money already allocated in
the federal stimulus package to the rebate program. It still needs the
approval of the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, voted today against
extending the program. Luetkemeyer spokesman Paul Sloca said that the
first-term congressman voted against authorizing the program in the
“Like many folks, Blaine was disturbed that this program blew
through $1 billion in hard-earned taxpayer dollars in just one week and
that the problem was revealed only 24 hours ago,” Sloca said in an
e-mail. “If this is how the government handles taxpayer dollars on a
program like this, you have to wonder how government is going to deal
with something like health care.”
The big news out of Washington, D.C. today is the sudden insolvency of the so-called "Cash for Clunkers" program.
While Congress is currently deliberating whether to add more money into the program meant to spur the purchases of fuel efficient cars, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, has expressed opposition at the idea.
Just found this interesting video of Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, speaking to the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
The video - which was shot by the Chamber - features McCaskill opining on a number of hot-button issues. Included in the video is McCaskill's take on bills to implement "Card Check," "Cap and Trade" and the disappearance of "moderate Republicans" in the U.S. Senate.
Jo Mannies over at the St. Louis Beacon snagged a statement from Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to Mannies, McCaskill released a statement noting that Sotomayor "accomplished great things in her life through the all-American values
of discipline, hard work, and integrity."
"I'm especially glad she has
experience as a courtroom prosecutor and a trial judge," McCaskill said. "There hasn't
been a person with more experience nominated in decades. She will be a
terrific Supreme Court justice."
Sotomayor will need Senate approval to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
Is Twitter the next big thing or one giant fail whale?
That's the question I exmained for my KBIA commentary this week. Although local elections bumped it to a Web only trinket to the station exemplary Talking Politics show, you can listen my spiel by clicking here: