Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The White HOuse Blocks Aid to All Victims: Doesn't want to expand Medicaid to some.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With Gulf Coast governors pressing for action, Senate Finance Committee members complained Wednesday that the Bush administration is blocking a bipartisan $9 billion health care package for hundreds of thousands of evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"We've got people with needs today," Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. She was joined by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, who testified via a teleconference hookup, in urging quick action on the legislation.
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"We can work with everybody, including the administration, or against them, and I'm prepared to go either way," said Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss. "But I'm going to look after our people first."
Even Lott gets the message. Hey, George, here's another chicken coming home to roost. When Haley Barbour is on the other side of an issue, it's time for Bush to wake up and smell the "toxic gumbo." He's now officially a lame duck of the lamest kind.

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