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WASHINGTON, D.C. Although he says the House-passed Medicare reform bill agreement contains a number of positive provisions, U.S. Representative Bishop voted “no” after concluding the overall legislation is too “deeply flawed” and Congress could and should draft and enact a better version before the end of the 2003 session.
The U.S. House passed the bill 220-215 early Saturday morning (9/22) and sent it to the Senate.
Representative Bishop issued the following statement that appears in the Congressional Record:
WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a rural development grant of $99,641 to Stewart-Webster Rural Health, Inc. for the purchase of dental equipment for the new Quitman County Learning Center/Dental Clinic, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop has announced.
Built with the help of a Community Development Block Grant, this will be the first dental clinic established in Quitman County, the Second District Congressman explained. The facility will have three fulltime and two part-time employees during the first year of operation.
While supporting an alternative proposal which he says would better protect health care providers and patients alike, U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop Thursday (3/13) voted against a bill to impose a "restrictive" $250,000 cap on medical malpractice cases because "it supercedes the laws of all 50 states and will not solve the problem of high insurance costs."
The measure, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives 229-196, now goes to the Senate.