House passes second war-spending bill
President Bush has threatened to veto another House emergency supplemental bill that includes some key healthcare measures.The bill, H.R. 2206, offers a provision that would place a one-year moratorium on a federal rule that would cut $4 billion from the Medicaid program. The rule would reduce funding to affect county- and state-owned nursing homes and other healthcare facilities. It also would restrict the use of intergovernmental transfers, a mechanism states use to draw more matching federal dollars.
The Senate is expected to pass its own war-spending bill, and the two bodies would then reconcile their versions. Earlier this month, President Bush vetoed Congress's first war-spending bill because it called for a timeline to withdraw troops from Iraq and it contained funding items for non-military measures.