Two days before the debacle in the Senate, the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly for the bill that would have averted the Medicare cuts. Republican U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall), Mike McCaul (R-Austin), Ted Poe (R-Humble), and Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) withstood party and White House pressure to stand instead with physicians and patients.
Democrats voting for the bill were Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), Chet Edwards (D-Waco), Charlie Gonzalez (D-San Antonio), Al Green (D-Houston), Gene Green (D-Houston), and Ruben Hinojosa (D-Mercedes). Also voting “yes” were Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Houston), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas), Nick Lampson (D-Stafford), Solomon Ortiz (D-Corpus Christi), and Ciro Rodriguez (D-San Antonio). Please thank them."