Congressman Lamar Smith issued the following statement on Senate efforts toward a government takeover of health care:
"To pass this health care bill, which was written in secret negotiations closed to the public and media, the Senate Majority Leader is using the taxpayers' money to buy the votes of key Senators.
"It's small wonder that he resorted to shameless bribery. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, this train wreck of a bill increases health care costs, increases taxes, cuts Medicare benefits, reduces health care choices, and burdens already struggling states with an unfunded expansion of Medicaid.
"Such disgraceful tactics are a slap in the face to the majority of Americans who oppose this bald-faced effort to grow the government to gargantuan proportions."