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Friday, September 28, 2007

Politically Speaking: King calls out, called out

Excerpted from this post at Politically Speaking

Iowa 5th District Congressman Steve King today not only called out a
governor, he was on the receiving end of a barb in which his own
thought process was questioned. As the political battle on
reauthorizing the State Children's Health Insurance Program heats up
in Washington, King took his stance public by offering to debate Iowa
Gov. Chet Culver on the matter here in Sioux City. King contends SCHIP
is being too broadly cast, since with the funding under discussion
(the House passed it this week in spite of King's 'No' vote, the
Senate likely will pass it today and President Bush has threatened to
veto it) the health insurance program would be available to families
making up to $83,000 annually. Many of those families already have
private health insurance, King notes. King contends the funding
mechanism for the SCHIP broadening is suspect, since it relies on an
increase in the federal tobacco tax.


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