Not even Joe Pitts could vote against a bill designed to provide grants to states for vision care to children that need it... Right???
HR 577 provides for “matching grants to states to complement existing state efforts to: (1) provide comprehensive eye examinations from a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist for children who have been previously identified through a vision screening or eye examination by a licensed health care provider or vision screener as needing such services, who do not otherwise have coverage for vision services, and who are low-income children, with priority given to children who are under the age of nine years,"; (2) provide treatment or services as necessary to correct identified vision problems; and (3) develop and disseminate to parents, teachers, and health care practitioners educational materials on recognizing signs of visual impairment in children.”
If this bill called for free eye care for corporate CEO’s, Joe Pitts doubtless would have voted for it. Members of Congress, of course, get such benefits solely because they are members of Congress.
This bill passed with overwhelming support: 404 Yeas; 17 Nays. Joe Pitts did not vote.
Perhaps he was sick, you well might ask? Nope. This bill was one of nine bills voted on by the House of Representatives on March 31st, and it was the only one Joe Pitts failed to vote “yea” or ‘Nay” on. I guess he knows even he could not rationalized joining the other 17 members of the House in their mean-spirited vote against poor children, but he still could not bring himself to vote for the bill. Socialized medicine, and all that, don’t you know.
Of course Mr. Pitts isn’t against spending federal money on all individuals, apparently just poor ones. Earlier today the House passed HR 1575, the “End Government Reimbursement of Excessive Executive Disbursement (End Greed) Act” by a 223 to 196 vote. That bill applies to “entities that have received extraordinary financial assistance from the United States on or after September 1, 2008” and seeks “recovery of previous excessive payments of compensation made by the entities.” In other words, it seeks to prevent companies like AIG and Merrill Lynch, et al from paying millions of dollars of tax-payer money in bonuses to executives who helped wreck our economy. It also seeks reimbursement for the dollars already paid out. The bill applies only to companies that would have been insolvent but for the Federal bail-out (i.e. unable to pay those bonuses but for the dollars showered upon them by the Government).
Joe Pitts voted “nay.” I guess he figured some of those executives might have kids in need of eye care. We can’t, after all, deprive the children of the privileged their necessary tax-payer provided eye-glasses.
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