Local Congressman to Vote "Yes" for Healthcare Bill, Another Will Vote "No"

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

The battle for and against President Obama's healthcare reform bill could come to end this weekend.

A vote could come on Sunday evening and one local U.S. Congressman says he will vote for the bill.

On Saturday afternoon, Congressman Ciro Rodriguez with the 23rd Congressional District sent out a statement to NewsWest 9.

He said "Without it, we will go from spending 17 percent of our GDP on healthcare to 33 percent by 2040. We can't afford that. For too long, too many Americans have lacked access to healthcare. Enough is enough. This bill will stabilize coverage and costs while giving people health insurance they can count on."

Rodriguez represents a number of counties in the NewsWest 9 viewing area including Pecos, Reeves, Jeff Davis, Presidio and Brewster Counties.

However, Congressman Mike Conaway who represents Midland, Ector and Andrews counties has stated he will not vote for the healthcare bill.