By Steven T. Dennis, Jackie Kucinich and Tory Newmyer
Roll Call Staff
July 29, 2009, 9:23 p.m.
And while some liberals sought to lower the volume of the intraparty debate, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) made it clear that he would not vote for a bill that includes a provision resembling the Blue Dog compromise on the public plan. And he took a not-so-subtle swipe at the motivation of the moderates. Are they the Blue Cross Dogs or what? They need to start thinking about their people, who they represent, he said.Butterfield said he liked the agreement to exempt businesses with less than $500,000 in payroll from new mandates but is concerned about provisions that would increase state costs for Medicaid and trim subsidies for people to buy insurance.But he noted that this is just one stage of the legislative process, and there is a long way to go.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.