Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Ah, bipartisanship

Group promotes unity in Congress |
[Representatives] Moore, Emerson and Israel used the town hall-style meeting Tuesday to call attention to the Center Aisle Caucus, a newly formed group intent on promoting respectful dialogue and meaningful debate.

Formed in June by Israel and U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Ill., the caucus includes at least 22 Democrats and 21 Republicans.

“We can disagree without screaming at each other,” Israel said.

Moore said he and Emerson relied on the caucus to introduce a bill aimed at reducing the cost of prescription drugs by giving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the authority to negotiate lower drug prices on behalf of Medicare. The bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

“We did it because it was the right thing to do,” Emerson said, referring to her working with Moore.
That's our Congressman at work. I'm still peeved about CAFTA, but I appreciate the position he was in, and 90% of the time, his moderation and willingness to cooperate with Republicans produces good results.

Let's hope that bill gets through the Senate. It's so incredibly stupid that HHS couldn't negotiate for prescription drugs.