Any One of These Members Could Have Defeated the Drug Bill

Any one of the Republican House members listed below could have stopped the creation of an expensive new federal entitlement in the form of a Medicare drug benefit. The bill passed the House by only one vote, 216-215. These members still have a chance to kill the new entitlement by voting against the final version of the bill that will be crafted by a House-Senate conference committee. Call them at (202) 224-3121 to let them know your views.

Pat Toomey (Pa.): Toomey (lifetime ACU rating: 97%) ran the risk of dampening the nationwide conservative support for his Republican primary challenge against liberal Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.).

Butch Otter (Idaho): Otter (ACU: 97%) voted for the prescription drug bill last year. This time, on the House floor, he first voted no, then switched his vote to yes.

Jo Ann Emerson (Mo.): The Washington Post reported-in a story her office denied-that she was crying after being arm-twisted into changing her vote from a no to a yes. Emerson (ACU: 88%) voted "no" last year.

Sue Myrick (N.C.): The chairwoman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (ACU: 95%) did not rally her group of 80 conservatives to oppose the legislation. She herself voted for it.

Donald Manzullo (Ill.): Manzullo (ACU: 97%) voted no last year, but yes this year.

J. D. Hayworth (Ariz.): The yes vote by the outspoken conservative (ACU: 99%) may be attributable to his leadership aspirations.

Phillip Crane (Ill.): After years of fighting for limited government, Crane (ACU: 99%) voted yes.

Christopher Cox (Calif.): The conservative leader (ACU: 98%) and HUMAN EVENTS favorite was not willing to buck the rest of the House leadership.

Mac Collins (Ga.): Collins (ACU: 96%), who is running for the retiring Zell Miller’s (D.-Ga.) Senate seat, voted against the bill last year, but changed his mind this time. He faces a tough Senate primary next year against moderate Rep. Johnny Isakson (R.-Ga.). He apparently feared a "no" vote might have angered President Bush or alienated some senior voters.

Steve King (Iowa): Reputed to be a staunch conservative, freshman King told HUMAN EVENTS June 26 that he would be voting "no." He voted "yes."

Scott Garrett (N.J.): A poster-boy of the Club for Growth, Garrett still voted for this new entitlement.

Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.): The outspoken anti-income tax freshman from Tennessee showed far less courage on this new government giveaway.