The health insurance is a big part of the federal health care bill, along with potentially barring the denial of insurance due to "pre-existing conditions" and providing subsidies for people to purchase private insurance.
Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, told the St. Louis Beacon that she had 16 co-sponsors to her resolution, which states "no law shall compel a patient, employer, or health care provider to participate in any government or privately run health care system, nor prohibit a patient or employer from paying directly for legal health care services." The amendment would need to be approved by voters in order to be implemented.
But the thing about the Missouri Senate is that a majority vote - even a solid majority vote - doesn't equate to passage. If a group of senators filibuster the measure, it can spell doom.
University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee's letter opposing "Cap and Trade" legislation is attracting a lot of attention from both sides of the political spectrum.
Republicans such as U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Springfield, and popular radio host Rush Limbaugh are praising Forsee's opposition to the bill. But supporters of the legislation aimed at cutting carbon emissions aren't so enthusiastic.
Sen. Claire McCaskill's health care forum in Jefferson City was a bit... testy.
The Democratic senator said afterward that the Wednesday forum ranked high in terms of the crowd's impoliteness. But she said the anger of those against Democratic health care proposals showcases a healthy First Amendment.
Read more here at the Columbia Business Times Blog.
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.