H.R. 6331 - To Amend Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to Extend Expiring Provisions Under the Medicare Program, to Improve Be

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To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, and for other purposes. (by More
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, and for other purposes. (by CRS) Hide
 
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The bill has become law. 
Senate Vote: Veto Override

on July 15, 2008.

2/3 required to pass

voted YES: 70 voted NO: 26
4 voted present/not voting

To Amend Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to Extend Expiring Provisions Under the Medicare Program, to Improve Be

H.R. 6331 — 110th Congress (2007–2008)

Summary
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
To amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to extend expiring provisions under the Medicare Program, to improve beneficiary access to preventive and mental health services, to enhance low-income benefit programs, and to maintain access to care in rural areas, including pharmacy access, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
  • Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
  • Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
  • Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008
Sponsor
Charles B. Rangel
Co-Sponsors
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Major Actions
Introduced6/20/2008
Referred to Committee
Passed House6/24/2008
Passed Senate7/09/2008
Vetoed by President7/15/2008
Vetoed by Governor7/15/2008
Vetoed by Governor7/15/2008
Passed House7/15/2008
Senate7/15/2008
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteHouseOn Passage - House - H.R. 6331 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act - Under Suspension of the Rules6/24/2008This bill PASSED the House
355 voted YES 59 voted NO 20 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateOn Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 6331)6/27/2008This motion DID NOT PASS the Senate
58 voted YES 40 voted NO 2 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenatePassed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.7/09/2008PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateUpon Reconsideration, Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 63317/09/2008This motion PASSED the Senate
69 voted YES 30 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
select this voteHouseVeto Override - House - H.R. 6331 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act7/15/2008This bill PASSED the House
383 voted YES 41 voted NO 11 voted present/not voting
currently selectedSenateVeto Override - Senate - H.R. 63317/15/2008This bill the Senate
70 voted YES 26 voted NO 4 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced6/20/2008
6/20/2008Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
6/20/2008Referred to House Energy and Commerce
6/20/2008Referred to House Ways and Means
6/24/2008Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
6/24/2008Mr. Pallone moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
6/24/2008Considered under suspension of the rules.
6/24/2008DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6331.
select this voteHouse Vote on Passage6/24/2008On Passage - House - H.R. 6331 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act - Under Suspension of the Rules
Put on a legislative calendar6/25/2008Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 836.
6/26/2008Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate.
6/26/2008Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate.
6/26/2008Motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote by which cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure was not invoked [Record Vote Number 160] entered in Senate.
6/26/2008Motion to proceed to consideration of measure withdrawn in Senate.
6/26/2008Returned to the Calendar. Calendar No. 836.
select this voteVote6/27/2008On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 6331)
7/09/2008Motion to proceed to the motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote by which cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure was not invoked (Record Vote Number 160) agreed to in Senate.
7/09/2008Motion by Senator Reid to reconsider the vote by which cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure was not invoked (Record Vote Number 160) agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
7/09/2008Motion to proceed to consideration of measure agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
7/09/2008Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage7/09/2008Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
7/09/2008Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Presented to President7/09/2008Cleared for White House.
select this voteVote7/09/2008Upon Reconsideration, Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consider H.R. 6331
Presented to President7/10/2008Presented to President.
Vetoed7/15/2008Vetoed by President.
7/15/2008Veto message received in Senate. Ordered held at the desk.
7/15/2008Veto Message considered in Senate.
7/15/2008Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Enacted7/15/2008Became Public Law No: 110-275.
7/15/2008The Chair laid before the House the veto message from the President.
7/15/2008DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the question of passage, the objections of the President to the contrary, notwithstanding.
7/15/2008POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate, the Chair put the question on passage, the objections of the President to the contrary notwithstanding, and pursuant to the rule the yeas and nays were ordered. The Chair announced that further proceedings on the question would resume at a time to be announced.
7/15/2008The Chair announced the unfinished business to be the consideration of the veto.
select this voteHouse Vote on Passage7/15/2008Veto Override - House - H.R. 6331 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage7/15/2008Veto Override - Senate - H.R. 6331
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Average contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

supported this bill

6% less
$4,116
$5,210
$2,381
$8,554
$96,701
$3,699
$7,907
$30,730
$86,221
YES$245,519
$2,663
$1,590
$1,702
$1,119
$99,138
$98
$4,868
$29,924
$121,167
NO$262,269

opposed this bill

Accident & health insurance [About]
HMOs [About]
Pharmaceutical wholesale [About]
Average given to Senators who voted:
$25,475
$10,914
$33,076
YES$69,465
6% more
$24,798
$12,888
$35,737
NO$73,424
11 Organizations Supported and 5 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008: Veto Override - Senate - H.R. 6331

11 organizations supported this bill

Alliance for Retired Americans
(n.d.). AFL-CIO. Retrieved n.d., from .
American Clinical Laboratory Association
(n.d.). American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA). Retrieved n.d., from .
American Lung Association
(n.d.). American Lung Association. Retrieved n.d., from .
American Medical Association
(n.d.). Tennessee Medical Association. Retrieved n.d., from .
American Society of Anesthesiologists
(n.d.). Statement of Support. Retrieved n.d., from .
Apria Healthcare
(n.d.). Reuters Article. Retrieved n.d., from .
Lincare Holdings Inc
(n.d.). Reuters Article. Retrieved n.d., from .
National Alliance on Mental Illness
(n.d.). National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Retrieved n.d., from .
National Association of Social Workers
(n.d.). National Association of Social Workers Advocacy Weblog. Retrieved n.d., from .
National Community Pharmacists Association
(n.d.). National Community Pharmacists Association. Retrieved n.d., from .
VGM Group
(n.d.). Van G. Miller & Associates. Retrieved n.d., from .

5 organizations opposed this bill

America's Health Insurance Plans
(n.d.). AHIP Statement. Retrieved n.d., from .
Association Of Health Insurance Advisors
(n.d.). Action alert in opposition. Retrieved n.d., from .
Express Scripts
(n.d.). Reuters Article. Retrieved n.d., from .
Medco Health Solutions
(n.d.). Reuters Article. Retrieved n.d., from .
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
(n.d.). NAIFA statement of opposition. Retrieved n.d., from .

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2008.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$28,550$3,500Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$238,962$92,600Yes
Alan Wayne AllardRCO$250$0No
John BarrassoRWY$346,889$45,750No
Max BaucusDMT$619,383$318,099Yes
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$268,901$95,100Yes
Bob BennettRUT$81,044$33,500No
Joe BidenDDE$115,950$13,200Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$207,478$33,500Yes
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$207,239$37,050Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$187,615$28,450Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$634,758$55,800Yes
Sam BrownbackRKS$89,350$16,950No
Jim BunningRKY$221,150$71,250No
Richard BurrRNC$629,589$124,800No
Robert ByrdDWV$59,475$6,000Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$160,634$42,550Yes
Ben CardinDMD$390,699$74,129Yes
Tom CarperDDE$49,720$66,450Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$225,650$51,562Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$419,125$176,050Yes
Hillary ClintonDNY$793,314$141,270Yes
Tom CoburnROK$430,112$18,958No
William Thad CochranRMS$80,050$27,500Yes
Norm ColemanRMN$553,872$168,250Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$312,969$139,367Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$221,448$101,500Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$474,356$117,700Yes
John CornynRTX$805,691$99,925Yes
Larry CraigRID$3,500$4,250No
Mike CrapoRID$107,701$29,000No
Jim DeMintRSC$576,120$75,210No
Chris DoddDCT$107,225$122,056Yes
Mary Elizabeth DoleRNC$280,819$56,150Yes
Pete DomeniciRNM$20,950$21,300No
Byron DorganDND$72,750$39,450Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$249,591$67,975Yes
John EnsignRNV$268,100$115,700No
Mike EnziRWY$145,549$102,500No
Russ FeingoldDWI$297,497$24,250Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$183,633$66,400Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$137,608$84,140No
Chuck GrassleyRIA$555,517$156,250No
Judd GreggRNH$179,200$132,750No
Chuck HagelRNE$25,200$1,000No
Tom HarkinDIA$343,099$66,900Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$235,600$159,650No
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$252,949$19,250Yes
Jim InhofeROK$103,463$16,500No
Dan InouyeDHI$32,050$2,000Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$270,700$57,300Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$173,536$21,750Yes
Ted KennedyDMA$282,671$56,567Not Voting
John F. KerryDMA$154,964$44,750Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$154,005$52,750Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$714,346$162,950No
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$264,188$58,050Yes
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$112,700$29,100Yes
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$26,850$13,750Yes
Carl LevinDMI$115,250$71,117Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$300,050$130,700Yes
Blanche LincolnDAR$349,464$102,500Yes
Dick LugarRIN$102,450$21,550Yes
Mel MartinezRFL$398,514$105,558Yes
John McCainRAZ$63,225$37,000Not Voting
Claire McCaskillDMO$205,800$31,500Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$710,810$263,550No
Bob MenéndezDNJ$294,550$72,400Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$108,734$30,637Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$164,633$64,700Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$135,488$72,800Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$173,025$168,623Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$331,637$50,450Yes
Barack ObamaDIL$292,658$39,584Not Voting
Mark L. PryorDAR$139,695$35,250Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$139,270$28,800Yes
Harry ReidDNV$325,900$101,750Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$370,099$64,500Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$231,350$67,874Yes
Ken SalazarDCO$272,003$130,150Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$56,686$4,550Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$200,970$44,500Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$184,810$50,250No
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$42,200$56,000No
Gordon SmithROR$379,339$196,200Yes
Olympia J. SnoweRME$140,104$67,800Yes
Arlen SpecterDPA$733,115$180,650Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$328,700$105,000Yes
Ted StevensRAK$54,800$16,300Yes
John SununuRNH$128,230$73,650No
Jon TesterDMT$93,899$13,350Yes
John ThuneRSD$411,095$49,758No
David VitterRLA$470,606$43,400No
George VoinovichROH$467,438$115,900Yes
John WarnerRVA$0$5,000Not Voting
Jim WebbDVA$74,251$5,250Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$61,549$11,000Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$280,000$48,000Yes
Ron WydenDOR$125,175$71,750Yes

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$28,550$3,500Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$238,962$92,600Yes
Alan Wayne AllardRCO$250$0No
John BarrassoRWY$346,889$45,750No
Max BaucusDMT$619,383$318,099Yes
Birch "Evan" BayhDIN$268,901$95,100Yes
Bob BennettRUT$81,044$33,500No
Joe BidenDDE$115,950$13,200Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$207,478$33,500Yes
Christopher "Kit" BondRMO$207,239$37,050Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$187,615$28,450Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$634,758$55,800Yes
Sam BrownbackRKS$89,350$16,950No
Jim BunningRKY$221,150$71,250No
Richard BurrRNC$629,589$124,800No
Robert ByrdDWV$59,475$6,000Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$160,634$42,550Yes
Ben CardinDMD$390,699$74,129Yes
Tom CarperDDE$49,720$66,450Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$225,650$51,562Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$419,125$176,050Yes
Hillary ClintonDNY$793,314$141,270Yes
Tom CoburnROK$430,112$18,958No
William Thad CochranRMS$80,050$27,500Yes
Norm ColemanRMN$553,872$168,250Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$312,969$139,367Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$221,448$101,500Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$474,356$117,700Yes
John CornynRTX$805,691$99,925Yes
Larry CraigRID$3,500$4,250No
Mike CrapoRID$107,701$29,000No
Jim DeMintRSC$576,120$75,210No
Chris DoddDCT$107,225$122,056Yes
Mary Elizabeth DoleRNC$280,819$56,150Yes
Pete DomeniciRNM$20,950$21,300No
Byron DorganDND$72,750$39,450Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$249,591$67,975Yes
John EnsignRNV$268,100$115,700No
Mike EnziRWY$145,549$102,500No
Russ FeingoldDWI$297,497$24,250Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$183,633$66,400Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$137,608$84,140No
Chuck GrassleyRIA$555,517$156,250No
Judd GreggRNH$179,200$132,750No
Chuck HagelRNE$25,200$1,000No
Tom HarkinDIA$343,099$66,900Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$235,600$159,650No
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$252,949$19,250Yes
Jim InhofeROK$103,463$16,500No
Dan InouyeDHI$32,050$2,000Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$270,700$57,300Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$173,536$21,750Yes
Ted KennedyDMA$282,671$56,567Not Voting
John F. KerryDMA$154,964$44,750Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$154,005$52,750Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$714,346$162,950No
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$264,188$58,050Yes
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$112,700$29,100Yes
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$26,850$13,750Yes
Carl LevinDMI$115,250$71,117Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$300,050$130,700Yes
Blanche LincolnDAR$349,464$102,500Yes
Dick LugarRIN$102,450$21,550Yes
Mel MartinezRFL$398,514$105,558Yes
John McCainRAZ$63,225$37,000Not Voting
Claire McCaskillDMO$205,800$31,500Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$710,810$263,550No
Bob MenéndezDNJ$294,550$72,400Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$108,734$30,637Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$164,633$64,700Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$135,488$72,800Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$173,025$168,623Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$331,637$50,450Yes
Barack ObamaDIL$292,658$39,584Not Voting
Mark L. PryorDAR$139,695$35,250Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$139,270$28,800Yes
Harry ReidDNV$325,900$101,750Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$370,099$64,500Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$231,350$67,874Yes
Ken SalazarDCO$272,003$130,150Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$56,686$4,550Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$200,970$44,500Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$184,810$50,250No
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$42,200$56,000No
Gordon SmithROR$379,339$196,200Yes
Olympia J. SnoweRME$140,104$67,800Yes
Arlen SpecterDPA$733,115$180,650Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$328,700$105,000Yes
Ted StevensRAK$54,800$16,300Yes
John SununuRNH$128,230$73,650No
Jon TesterDMT$93,899$13,350Yes
John ThuneRSD$411,095$49,758No
David VitterRLA$470,606$43,400No
George VoinovichROH$467,438$115,900Yes
John WarnerRVA$0$5,000Not Voting
Jim WebbDVA$74,251$5,250Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$61,549$11,000Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$280,000$48,000Yes
Ron WydenDOR$125,175$71,750Yes

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Physicians$9,610,885
Other physician specialists$9,334,277
Medical Devices & Supplies$3,073,940
Home care services$685,248
Welfare & Social Work$664,555
Health & welfare policy$431,009
Pharmacists$359,032
Elderly issues/Social Security$269,015
Medical laboratories$215,915

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Accident & health insurance$3,327,261
HMOs$2,471,049
Pharmaceutical wholesale$1,111,399
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