Governor Sam Brownback vetoes Medicaid expansion


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback today vetoed Medicaid expansion.

The Republican-controlled Legislature on Wednesday delivered a bill expanding the state’s Medicaid program to the conservative GOP governor’s office.  The bill before Brownback would have Medicaid cover up to 180,000 additional Kansas residents.

“I am vetoing this expansion of ObamaCare because it fails to serve the truly vulnerable before the able-bodied, lacks work requirements to help able-bodied Kansans escape poverty, and burdens the state budget with unrestrainable entitlement costs.”

“Most grievously, this legislation funnels more taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. From its infancy, the state of Kansas has affirmed the dignity and equality of each human life. I will not support this legislation that continues to fund organizations that undermine a culture of life.”

Legislators gave final approval to the measure Tuesday. It had strong bipartisan majorities in both chambers, but supporters of the bill launched an effort Thursday to override the veto in the House shortly after Brownback announced his action. But they realized that one of the bill’s supporters wasn’t present and pushed to table the discussion indefinitely. The vote was 81-43.

Governor Brownback’s full veto statement can be found here.


Senate – Final Action – Passed – 03/28/2017

On roll call the vote was:

Yea – (25):

Berger, Billinger, Bollier, Bowers, Doll, Faust-Goudeau, Francisco, Givens, Goddard, Haley, Hardy, Hawk, Hensley, Holland, Kelly, Kerschen, Longbine, McGinn, Pettey, Rogers, V. Schmidt, Skubal, Sykes, Taylor, Wilborn

Nay – (14):

Alley, Baumgardner, Denning, Estes, Fitzgerald, LaTurner, Lynn, Masterson, Olson, Pilcher-Cook, Pyle, Suellentrop, Tyson, Wagle

Present but not Voting – (0):

Absent and Not Voting – (1):


House – Final Action – Passed as amended – 02/23/2017

On roll call the vote was:

Yea – (81):

Alcala, Alford, Arnberger, Aurand, Baker, Ballard, Becker, Bishop, Brim, Burroughs, Campbell, Carlin, Carmichael, Clark, Clayton, Concannon, Cox, Crum, Curtis, Deere, Dierks, Dietrich, Elliott, Eplee, Finney, Frownfelter, Gallagher, Gartner, Good, Helgerson, Henderson, Hibbard, Highberger, Hineman, Hodge, Holscher, Jennings, Johnson, Judd-Jenkins, Karleskint, Kelly, Kessinger, Koesten, Kuether, Lewis, Lusk, Lusker, Markley, Mastroni, Miller, Murnan, Neighbor, Ohaebosim, Orr, Ousley, Parker, Phelps, Phillips, Pittman, Proehl, Ralph, Rooker, Ruiz, Sawyer, Schreiber, Schroeder, Sloan, A. Smith, Stogsdill, Swanson, Terrell, Thompson, Trimmer, Victors, Ward, Weigel, Wheeler, Whipple, Wilson, Winn, Wolfe Moore

Nay – (44):

Awerkamp, Barker, Blex, Carpenter, Claeys, Corbet, Davis, DeGraaf, Delperdang, Dove, Ellis, Esau, Finch, Francis, Garber, Hawkins, Highland, Hoffman, Houser, Huebert, Humphries, Jacobs, Jones, Lakin, Landwehr, Mason, Osterman, Patton, Powell, Rafie, Rahjes, Resman, Ryckman, Schwab, Seiwert, E. Smith, Sutton, Tarwater, Thimesch, Vickrey, Waymaster, Weber, Whitmer, Williams

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