House votes to block money for health care program

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Posted: May 04, 2011 4:50 PM
House votes to block money for health care program

The House has voted to block money for a program in last year's health care law providing for construction of school-based health centers.

House Republicans objected to the authority given the health and human services secretary to distribute grants for the program without getting congressional approval. The bill's sponsor, Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess, says the House is obligated to oversee the money that is spent on behalf of the people of the United States.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the legislation would save the government about $100 million.

The vote came a day after House Republicans passed a bill to stop funding a key element of the health care law, the establishment of state-based health insurance exchanges. Neither bill is expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.