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Skelton issues statement on House passage of health insurance reforms
Skelton issues statement on House passage of health insurance reforms

Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 21, 2010) — Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the following statement concerning H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act:

“This evening, I voted against the health reform bills before the House of Representatives because I did not feel they represented the right balance for the people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.”

“Now that the House has completed its work on health legislation, Congress must immediately turn attention to our nation’s top two challenges — creating jobs and providing American security.

“For too long, debates about health reform have monopolized Congress’ time and energy as the economic downturn has lingered and our military has been engaged in armed conflict. I urge Congressional leaders to immediately tend to these priorities.”

H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219 to 212 on March 21, and must be signed by the President before becoming law. H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act, was approved by a vote of 220 to 211. The U.S. Senate must consider the legislation before it could be sent to the President for his signature.

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.

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