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Roll call: Washington delegation votes along party lines

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on March 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
March 21, 2010 8:23 pm

Despite earlier questions about whether Reps. Adam Smith and Brian Baird would go along with fellow Democrats, Washington’s congressional delegation voted along party lines in the 219-212 vote on the health care proposal. Here’s how South Sound lawmakers voted.

VOTING YES
Rep. Brian Baird
3rd District Democrat
“At the end of the day, this will be much better for the American people than what we have now. … On fiscal grounds this is sound, on humanitarian grounds it’s sound. I have been in the room when people died who didn’t have health insurance.”

Rep. Norm Dicks
6th District Democrat
“This is a major reform and something that should have been done a long time ago. If we didn’t do it, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would be threatened.”

Rep. Adam Smith
9th District Democrat
“This bill will cover an estimated 30 million additional Americans and save more than $1 trillion in the long term. These are huge steps forward in the reform process.”

VOTING NO
Rep. Dave Reichert
8th District Republican
“The American people have spoken loud and clear: They don’t want government takeover of health care. The Democrat’s latest plan is still a government takeover.”

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