Sunday, November 8, 2009

Republican Cao Votes for Health Care, Bill Passes

Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the first Vietnamese-American in Congress and the New Orleans attorney who beat William Jefferson in the race for the 2nd Congressional District here, was the only Republican to vote for the health care reform bill that passed in the house tonight.

Some of us have been watching Cao to see if he would play fair and honor the wishes of his constituents or go with the good ole boy Republican flow, desperate to rise in his party. He represents a diverse, heavily Democratic district.
He joined 219 Democrats to make the final margin 220 to 215 in favor of reform's passage.
Cao was a major (and possibly the lone) target for Democrats hoping to get even a semblance of bipartisan support for the bill. He said after the vote that he had obtained a "commitment from President Obama that he and I will work together to address the critical health care issues of Louisiana." (Read more at Huffington Post) also has news on the landmark vote tonight. Next stop, the Senate.

If Cao's former opponent's name, William Jefferson, sounds familiar to you, it's probably because you heard it so much in the news August after he was convicted on corruption charges.

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