Jun 14, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Today, Senator Lee, ranking member on the Water and Power Subcommittee, will discuss legislative issues with Utah’s leaders in the water industry. He will also appear on Fox Business Channel’s Freedom Watch and discuss the budget and the country’s mounting debt.
From the Senator’s Desk
Last week, Senator Lee signed a letter to the Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding his decision to not approve the State of Indiana’s Medicaid State Plan Amendment which limits funding to Medicaid recipients to perform abortions:
“We disagree with your narrow interpretation of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and believe this represents a significant departure from Medicaid’s longstanding practice of having the states — not the federal government — set reasonable standards for qualified providers. Unfortunately, your decision is simply the latest example of this Administration’s alarming pattern of usurping states’ authority to manage their Medicaid programs in ways that best meet the needs of their citizens.”
Around the Water Cooler
Libya: “[N]early 90 days after President Obama committed U.S. forces to aerial operations in Libya, the president has not sought congressional approval. That is unacceptable.”
ObamaCare: “This is a travesty of constitutional lawmaking”
Border Security: “But given the indiscriminate trampling by those who cross from the Mexican side, allowing patrols in these areas would seem to be better for the environment than the current set of rules.”
A Look Ahead
On Tuesday, Senator Lee meets with the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy, and the Utah Technology Council. The Senate is expected to vote on an amendment to end some ethanol subsidies, and the Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote on 3 high profile nominees, Deputy Secretary of State, and the ambassadorships to China and Afghanistan.