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  • House Breaks Vacation Plans to Spend More Money

    One week ago, Members of the House of Representatives stopped spending taxpayer money and began a six-week vacation. Unfortunately, they came back five weeks early.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has summoned Members back to Washington to debate an extension of Medicaid and education bailouts. The House will vote today to extend these bailouts enacted in the stimulus bill last year. If passed, the bill—which overcame a filibuster in the Senate last week—will then go to the President for his signature.

    Both bailouts will delay states from making necessary structural changes to place Medicaid and state education on realistic fiscal ground. The education bailout costs $10 billion and is geared toward saving jobs of unionized teachers and administrators.

    The Medicaid bailout costs $16 billion and delivers a disproportionate amount of aid to states with the most bloated programs. For instance, New York has nearly 30 percent of its citizens enrolled and spends in excess of $18,000 per person in poverty. Texas, in comparison, with 5 million more people and 1 million more individuals in poverty than New York, has a much smaller Medicaid program.

    The bailout is not geared toward high poverty states; it is geared toward states in the most fiscal trouble, largely because of Medicaid profligacy. So New York will receive two-and-a-half times more money from the Medicaid bailout than will Texas.

    Both bailout extensions will reward states that mismanaged their Medicaid programs. The House should not allow the American taxpayer to be the payer-of-last-resort for mismanaged state programs.

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    8 Responses to House Breaks Vacation Plans to Spend More Money

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    2. Knowsit, Reno says:

      Looks to me the bailout is meant to secure known democratic votes since it targets liberal states mismanagement (i.e. NY dependence population), and teachers unions.

      They need to shore up these votes for the upcoming mid term election.

      The big question is will independents and conservatives be sufficiently enraged by this pandering and waste of our tax Dollars to show up in big numbers and actually turn this intention on its head

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      This is INSANE more debt for more anchor babies here raise the ret age increase MEDICAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MORE DEM CRAP THIS IS INSANE CUT YOUR PAY DEMS TO PAY FOR THIS BS THIS IS BSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS GET KERRY AND RANGLE WATERS TO PAY FOR THIS INCREASE WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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