The Chatter: Medicaid relief for states, Boehner in KY and McConnell on Obama

08/04/2010 05:21 PM

In a swift and somewhat surprising move, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that includes extra Medicaid funding for the states, the New York Times reports. Kentucky was among more than 30 states who were counting on the extension of additional funding to balance their budgets in 2011. For Kentucky, extending the aid will mean $238 million between January and June 30, 2011, to help fund the program that covers health care costs of poor and disabled citizens. And because the Senate passed the bill while the House has already started its August recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Twitter that she would call the House back next week to pass the measure.

In Louisville today to help fund-raise for 3rd Congressional District challenger Todd Lally, House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio told WHAS 11 that two Democratic House members who are facing ethics cases against them will affect Democrats nationally. Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Lally’s opponent, called for one of those two House members, Charlie Rangel, to resign.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s senior senator, told The Hill that after the November elections he believes President Barack Obama will become a “born-again moderate.”  McConnell goes on to say that he’s predicting that change for Obama will be a result of a strong showing by Republicans in the November elections.

— Kenny Colston


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