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The Party That Created Medicare For America’s Seniors
The Republicans'Medicare Prescription Drug Bribery Scandal
I believe the American people deserve real answers on why this Administration is keeping public officials quiet and keeping facts from the American people. We deserve better than this." — Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry
Press Release 3/15/04
“These [Medicare] reforms are the act of a vibrant
and compassionate government."
George W. Bush, CNN 12/8/03
Bribery: In Congressman Smith's Own Words Bribery: In Congressman Smith's Own Words
“The House [of Representatives] passed a deeply flawed Medicare prescription drug bill by a vote of 220-215 at 6:00am, November 22. Votes in the House usually last 15 minutes plus a traditional two-minute cushion. But because the leadership did not have the votes to prevail, this vote was held open for a record two-hours-and-51-minutes as bribes and special deals were offered to convince members to vote yes.” [“A Medicare Showdown” Column by Congressman Nick Smith 11/23/03]
To hear the interview replayed on NPR 12/8/03, go to http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1537867. [“Why Smith Can't Recant: They've got him on tape.” Slate Magazine 12/6/03; “Medicare Vote Bribe Allegations” NPR, 12/8/03]
“(M)embers (lawmakers) and groups made offers of extensive financial campaign support and endorsements for my son, Brad, who is running for my seat,” he wrote in a Nov. 28 editorial in the Lenawee Connection newspaper. “They also made threats of working against Brad if I voted no.” [Smith's bribe charge probed Detroit News 2/6/04]
Congressman Nick Smith did not vote for the White House Medicare bill.
“Smith tried to finesse this by telling the Associated Press that his recollection that money had been offered had been ‘technically incorrect.’ But what about the $100,000? It's pretty hard to see ambiguity in the offer of so specific an amount of money." [“Why Smith Can't Recant: They've got him on tape.” Slate Magazine 12/6/03;To hear the interview go to Medicare Vote Bribe Allegations, NPR, 12/8/03 at http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=1537867.]
“House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who had urged the committee to investigate Smith, said Wednesday he hoped everyone involved will cooperate with the investigation. ‘I believe that this is an appropriate and necessary action and the only way that the House can remove the cloud of suspicion that hangs over this matter to this day’ Hoyer said”. [Ethics committee eyes bribe allegation Boston Globe 3/18/04]
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