On Friday, a slew of budget amendments were presented to the Senate for voice votes. While many of the Republicans used this opportunity to try to further their agendas when it comes to energy, Obamacare, gun control, and circumventing EPA protected species status, the Democrats (for the most part) worked hard on improving the health of our nation.
All of the following Budget Amendments passed. Unfortunately, the full text of the amendments are not yet published. It will be interesting to see what they encompass:
- Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) amendment 192, to increase access to healthcare for veterans in rural areas.
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) amendment 525, to increase biomedical research at the National Institute of Health.
- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) amendment 316, to prevent prescription drug abuse in the United States.
- Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) amendment 394, to add more funding combat chronic illnesses.
While many Republican budget amendments aim at striking down key parts of Obamacare, our Democrats in Congress are still moving forward, using the budget amendments to band-aid many health issues that the Affordable Healthcare Act did not address, and push for more research on chronic health problems.