▪ “Let’s not dislocate our arms by patting ourselves too much on the back for this effort. There’s more to be done.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon commenting on progress made on improved Statehouse ethics this session.
Nixon, a Democrat, continues to call for caps on campaign contributions, a move that many Republicans resist. The governor, meantime, acknowledges that some small steps were taken.
▪ “That’s the only pot of money left.” — Kansas state Sen. Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, predicting that Gov. Sam Brownback would cut reimbursement rates for medical providers who serve Medicaid patients to balance the state’s budget.
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That’s exactly what happened. Critics of the idea suggested that such a move would result in reduce patient access to care because some doctors will stop serving Medicaid patients.
▪ “One sexual assault on one college campus would be unacceptable – but we’re facing an epidemic of sexual violence on campuses.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on an issue she’s championed in Congress.
A Democrat, McCaskill was urging supporters to sign an online petition to pass a bill she’s sponsoring aimed at cracking down on the issue.
▪ “Once a vaccine is available, this is a very different environment to deal with.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, speaking about the battle to fight the Zika virus.
Blunt co-sponsored the Senate version of a funding bill aimed at combating the virus. The House proposes spending less, leading to a congressional showdown as the virus spreads. Blunt said the funding measure he backs would allow the government to battle Zika until September 2017 when a vaccine will probably be available. (link via johncombest.com).