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Vote number 2009-S031 expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program
on Jan 29, 2009 regarding bill H.R.2 SCHIP Reauthorization Act
Results: Passed 66-32

Congressional Summary:

  • Reauthorizes State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) through FY2013 at increased levels.
  • Gives states the option to cover targeted low-income pregnant women
  • Phases out coverage for nonpregnant childless adults.
Proponent's argument to vote Yes:

Rep. FRANK PALLONE (D, NJ-6): In the last Congress, we passed legislation that enjoyed bipartisan support as well as the support of the American people. Unfortunately, it did not enjoy the support of the President, who vetoed our bill twice, and went on to proclaim that uninsured children can simply go to the emergency room to have their medical needs met. As the Nation moves deeper into a recession and unemployment rates continue to rise, millions of Americans are joining the ranks of the uninsured, many of whom are children. We can't delay. We must enact this legislation now.

Opponent's argument to vote No:Rep. ROY BLUNT (R, MI-7): This bill doesn't require the States to meet any kind of threshold standard that would ensure that States were doing everything they could to find kids who needed insurance before they begin to spend money to find kids who may not have the same need. Under the bill several thousands of American families would be poor enough to qualify for SCHIP and have the government pay for their health care, but they'd be rich enough to still be required to pay the alternative minimum tax. The bill changes welfare participation laws by eliminating the 5-year waiting period for legal immigrants to lawfully reside in the country before they can participate in this program. In the final bill, we assume that 65% of the children receiving the benefit wouldn't get the benefit anymore. It seems to me this bill needs more work, would have benefited from a committee hearing. It doesn't prioritize poor kids to ensure that they get health care first.

Categorized under Health Care

Voting YES counts for 1 points on VoteMatch question 5:
More federal funding for health coverage;
Voting NO counts for -1 points on VoteMatch question 5.

Voting YES counts as answer B on AmericansElect question 3;
Voting NO counts as answer C on AmericansElect question 3

Healthcare: When you think about healthcare reform in the United States, which of the following solutions is closest to your opinion?
  • A: The Government should be the sole provider of healthcare insurance
  • B: The Government should have a major role in providing healthcare insurance
  • C: The Government should have a limited role in providing healthcare insurance
  • D: Only private companies should provide healthcare insurance
  • E: Unsure


Democrats voting on 2009-S031

Max Baucus YESMT Democratic Sr Senator
Mark Begich YESAK Democratic Jr Senator
Michael Bennet YESCO Democratic Jr Senator
Barbara Boxer YESCA Democratic Jr Senator
Sherrod Brown YESOH Democratic Sr Senator
Robert Byrd YESWV Former Democratic Senator
Maria Cantwell YESWA Democratic Jr Senator
Benjamin Cardin YESMD Democratic Jr Senator, previously Representative
Tom Carper YESDE Democratic Sr Senator
Bob Casey YESPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer
Richard Durbin YESIL Democratic Sr Senator
Russell Feingold YESWI Former Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein YESCA Democratic Sr Senator
Kirsten Gillibrand YESNY Democratic Jr Senator
Kay Hagan YESNC Democratic Jr Senator
Tom Harkin YESIA Democratic Jr Senator
Daniel Inouye YESHI Democratic Sr Senator
Tim Johnson YESSD Democratic Sr Senator
John Kerry YESMA Democratic Sr Senator
Amy Klobuchar YESMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator
Mary Landrieu YESLA Democratic Sr Senator
Frank Lautenberg YESNJ Democratic Sr Senator
Patrick Leahy YESVT Democratic Sr Senator
Carl Levin YESMI Democratic Sr Senator
Blanche Lambert Lincoln YESAR Former Democratic Senator
Claire McCaskill YESMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor
Robert Menendez YESNJ Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Jeff Merkley YESOR Democratic Jr Senator
Barbara Mikulski YESMD Democratic Sr Senator
Patty Murray YESWA Democratic Sr Senator
Ben Nelson YESNE Democratic Sr Senator
Bill Nelson YESFL Democratic Sr Senator
Mark Pryor YESAR Democratic Sr Senator
Jack Reed YESRI Democratic Sr Senator
Harry Reid YESNV Democratic Sr Senator
John Rockefeller YESWV Democratic Sr Senator
Charles Schumer YESNY Democratic Sr Senator
Jeanne Shaheen YESNH Democratic Sr Senator
Arlen Specter YESPA Former Democratic incumbent (elected as Republican)
Debbie Stabenow YESMI Democratic Jr Senator
Jon Tester YESMT Democratic Jr Senator
Mark Udall YESCO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative
Tom Udall YESNM Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative
Mark Warner YESVA Democratic Jr Senator; previously Governor
Sheldon Whitehouse YESRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general
Ron Wyden YESOR Democratic Sr Senator


Republicans voting on 2009-S031

Lamar Alexander YESTN Republican Sr Senator
John Barrasso NOWY Republican Jr Senator
Robert Bennett NOUT Former Republican Senator
Richard Burr NONC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative
Saxby Chambliss NOGA Republican Sr Senator
Tom Coburn NOOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Thad Cochran NOMS Republican Sr Senator
Susan Collins YESME Republican Jr Senator
Bob Corker YESTN Republican Jr Senator
John Cornyn NOTX Republican Jr Senator
Michael Crapo NOID Republican Sr Senator
Jim DeMint NOSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
John Ensign NONV Republican Jr Senator
Michael Enzi NOWY Republican Sr Senator
Lindsey Graham NOSC Republican Sr Senator
Chuck Grassley NOIA Republican Sr Senator
Orrin Hatch NOUT Republican Sr Senator
James Inhofe NOOK Republican Sr Senator
Johnny Isakson NOGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Mike Johanns NONE Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor
Richard Lugar YESIN Republican Sr Senator
John McCain NOAZ Republican Sr Senator
Mitch McConnell NOKY Republican Sr Senator
Lisa Murkowski YESAK Republican Sr Senator
Jim Risch NOID Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor
Pat Roberts NOKS Republican Sr Senator
Jeff Sessions NOAL Republican Sr Senator
Richard Shelby NOAL Republican Jr Senator
Olympia Snowe YESME Republican Sr Senator
John Thune NOSD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
David Vitter NOLA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative
Roger Wicker NOMS Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative


Independents voting on 2009-S031

Mel Martinez YESFL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.
Bernie Sanders YESVT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative



Total votes recorded by OnTheIssues:

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Democrats: YES 46; NO 0
Republicans: YES 6; NO 26
Independents: YES 2; NO 0