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Roll Call Vote on Universal Health Screening

September 10, 2004

This week an amendment was introduced by Congressman Ron Paul on the floor of the United States House of Representatives on Amendment A024, of the "Labor, health and Human Services, and Education appropriations act, 2005," H.R. 5006.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to create or implement any new universal mental health screening program.

The amendment was defeated 315 to 95, with 94 Republicans and 1 Democrat supporting the amendment. To view the members voting for and against the amendment, please view Roll Call Vote on Universal Health Screening.

From Minnesota the vote was:
Gutknecht, Kennedy, and Ramstad voted to support Congressman Paul's amendment.
Kline, McCollum, Oberstar, Peterson, and Sabo voted to oppose the amendment.

The entire appropriations bill then went on to pass the House. The Senate has not yet passed the appropriations legislation. They will do so before the end of the year.

Though the defeat of Congressman Paul's amendment was lopsided, we have reason to be encouraged:

Please read our Talking Points at http://www.edwatch.org/updates/090804.htm.  Another appropriations bill will address these same concerns next year. This and other issues will be addressed in other federal legislation.


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