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Diaz-Balarts, Ros-Lehtinen rebuff Bush, vote for override

President Bush may have raised $600,000 for Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart's election coffers, but that didn't stop the two Miami Republicans from voting to override a Bush veto.

They and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen were among 153 House Republicans -- many up for reelection -- who voted Tuesday, along with nearly every Democrat, to override Bush's veto and back a bill  protecting doctors from a Medicare rate cut.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart says he's a "long-time supporter" of the so-called "doctor’s pay fix," calling for the legislation in a April 14 letter to the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

He said after the bill's passage he was "pleased that Congress has acted in a bipartisan manner to stop reductions in Medicare payments to physicians. Today’s legislation will stop the cuts to the Medicare program and provide physicians with a much needed payment increase next year."


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