Robert Menendez on Health Care

Last Updated : Feb 18, 2011

The President's Budget Hurts Latinos

In February of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement detailing how President Bush's budget negatively affects Latinos.

 

SCHIP 

In March of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his belief that the Finance Committee should address a shortfall in the SCHIP budget.

In March of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting a floor speech in opposition to an amendment that would lower funding for parents in the children's health insurance program. Later in the month, Senator Menendez released another statement on the matter.

In December of 2007, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting that President Bush was behaving as Scrooge by vetoing SCHIP.

In February of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the signing of SCHIP legislation under President Obama.

 

The Politics of Fabrication and Fear

In August of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting an article he had written for the Huffington Post titled the "Politics of Fabrication and fear."

 

Health Insurers Fighting Reform

In September of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement citing an article on NorthJersey.com that he himself did not write. That article notes Senator Menendez's support for the public option and his opinion that health insurers are fighting reform.

 

400 Percent Above Poverty Level

In September of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting an article on Salon.com that he himself did not write but cites his support for allowing tax subsidies to Americans making 400% of the poverty level.

 

3.5 Times the Federal Level

In February of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for President Obama's decision to change the federal policy to allow children of parents making up to 3.5 times the poverty rate to be covered.

 

The Public Option

 

Support for Health Care Reform in Committee

In October of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the health care reform legislation in committee.

 

Support for Reform

In November of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his vote for cloture in support of health care reform. He also spoke on the Senate floor about the legislation.

 

Limiting Pay for Executives

In December of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for measures to limit compensation for insurance executives.

 

Health Care Reform Will Protect the Health and Wealth of Our Nation

In December of 2009, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the final passage of the health care reform legislation.

 

Support for Final Passage

In March of 2010, Senator Menendez released a press statement noting his support for the final passage of the health care reform legislation.

Voting Record

Repeal of Health Care Reform

In February of 2011, the Senate voted on repealing the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation. The attempt failed on a party line vote . Robert Menendez voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

Robert Menendez voted against repealing the health care reform legislation.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Reconciliation

The 2009-2010 health care reform legislation passed through the Senate in three votes. The first was to end the filibuster, the second was to pass the Senate bill, and the third was to pass the reconciliation bill.

Due to the death of Senator Kennedy and the election of Senator Brown in Massachussetts, the Democrats no longer possessed the 60 vote majority to break a filibuster. A reconciliation bill was passed to unify the Senate and House version and to enact the legislation. Robert Menendez voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of passage of the reconciliation bill.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Passage

After the cloture vote to end the filibuster, a vote was taken to pass the legislation called "Obamacare" by its opponents. Robert Menendez in favor of final passage of the legislation.

Robert Menendez in favor of final passage of the legislation.

2009-2010 Health Care Reform - Cloture Vote

The first vote in the health care reform process was for cloture on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009. This bill was different from the version that had recently passed through the House. Both votes went down party lines with all Democrats supporting the legislation and all Republicans opposing it. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of the reform by voting for cloture.

SCHIP

In addition to attempting overall health care reform, congress re-authorized SCHIP in 2009. SCHIP is a program to provide children with health care and fund it through tobacco taxes. The program passed with the full support of Democrats and roughly 1/4 of the Republicans. Robert Menendez voted in favor of SCHIP.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of SCHIP.

Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act sets up health requirements for tobacco products, sets labeling guidelines, requires tobacco companies to report the content of their products, and prescribes punishements for violating any rules. The measure passed the Senate 79-17. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

Amendment - Drug Reimportation

In July of 2006, a an amendment was voted on to prohibit the United States Customs and Border Protection from preventing an individual not in the business of importing a prescription drug from importing an FDA-approved prescription drug. Robert Menendez voted in favor of the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of the amendment to prevent border patrol agents from taking prescription drugs from citizens crossing the border.

Medicare Part D - Final Vote

After the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 passed the Senate, it came back for a final vote in the House. It passed the House in final form 220-215. Robert Menendez voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Robert Menendez voted against medicare part D when it passed the House in final form.

Medicare Part D

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 is sometimes called Medicare Part D. It was a sweeping reform that created plans for the senior citizens to purchase prescription drugs. The bill iniitially passed the House 216-215. Robert Menendez voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

Robert Menendez voted in favor of Medicare Part D.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-S 72; Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal a provision (added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that extends to corporations that are not tax-exempt the requirement to report payments of $600 or more.

Session-111; Bill Number-S Res 156; A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that reform of our Nation's health care system should include the establishment of a federally-backed insurance pool - Cosponsor

A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that reform of our Nation's health care system should include the establishment of a federally-backed insurance pool

Session-111; Bill Number-S 4; Comprehensive Health Reform Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Calls for Congress to enact, and the President to sign, legislation to guarantee health coverage, improve health care quality and disease prevention, and reduce health care costs for all Americans and the health care system.

References

[1] Website: Huffington Post Article: The Politics of Fabrication and Fear Author: Senator Robert Menendez Accessed on: 02/16/2011

[2] Website: NorthJersey.com Article: Menendez: Health insurers fighting reform to protect profits Author: Bob Groves Accessed on: 02/16/2011

[3] Website: Bloomberg.com Article: Senators Plan Effort to Amend Baucus Plan on Public Option, Tax Author: Laura Litvan Accessed on: 02/16/2011

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