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Health care: How Maryland members voted

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Maryland's congressional delegation voted 6 to 2 Saturday night in favor of passage of the landmark health-care reform bill, with only first-term Democrat Frank Kratovil breaking with his party and voting no. In a statement, Kratovil called the bill too expensive and said: "I was not able to support the bill before Congress today because I do not believe it meets my criteria for a sustainable solution."

A complete list of how the delegation voted and recent statements and press releases can be found below. For a complete House roll call, click here.

Frank Kratovil, Democrat, District 1: NO (Statement)
Dutch Ruppersberger, Democrat, District 2: YES
John Sarbanes, Democrat, District 3: YES (News release)
Donna Edwards, Democrat, District 4: YES (News release)
Steny Hoyer, Democrat, District 5: YES (News release)
Roscoe Bartlett, Republican, District 6: NO (News release)
Elijah Cummings, District 7: YES
Chris Van Hollen, District 8: YES (Statement)

By John Wagner  |  November 8, 2009; 7:20 AM ET
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Dear Representative Kratovil,

Well it's been a heck of an evening, and that nasty business with the health care reform bill is Done, in your case. Finito, out of your hands.

Except it's not really done at all. That "no" vote you were bragging about didn't change in the past couple of days, and you went ahead and backed the wrong horse tonight.

Just keep riding that limp-legged nag all the way into 2010, when it's going to drop out from under you... You just cost yourself your base in an election year when the boys on the right are hopping mad and spoiling for a fight. You're going to be stomped in the races next year, Frank, and I'm only hoping that it's not Harris that rips that seat from your hands... I voted against him the last time around, and I will again in the primaries this time.

But I'm sure as heck not voting for YOU, Frank. You have had your day in the sun, and all the spin in the world won't hide the fact that you have alienated every person in the district that could have put you back in office in 2010. For God's sake, you voted FOR the stimulus, and AGAINST health care... The Republicans won't vote for you because of the former, and the Democrats won't vote for you because of the latter, especially if they WIN on this thing in the Senate.

All you've got left are the trolls that don't listen to the news and like your Name, Frank. It's a thin base to run an election on.

Sleep in, Frank. You're going to see a lot more ugly emails like this, especially when your staff starts treating you like a leper and your coworkers stop taking your calls. Better to rest up before it all goes down the toilet.

Written in a spirit of friendship,

Posted by: DaveMichael | November 8, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Frank, for not kowtowing to Pelosi and Co. Your constituents do not want this bill and we thank you for your NO vote to protect us from the people who are ready to bankrupt this country. 1.2 trillion dollars is not what we need right now, or ever. What the majority and minority parties in Congress and the administration need to be concentrating on is the economy and the level of joblessness. We now hear that stimulus money going to wind turbine technology development will wind up in China because that is where the machines will be built! Excuse me? If that turns out to be true, we have lost all direction when it comes to the good of THIS country. Stimulus money for jobs and products built in the USA ONLY! The American people have spoken resoundedly against the huge deficit that continues to climb as Pelosi and Reid continue ahead with no concern for the future of our heirs. I truly hope that common sense prevails in the end. Semper Fidelis, MSgt Steve Tepper, USMC, Ocean City, MD

Posted by: ocmsteve | November 8, 2009 7:00 PM | Report abuse

ocmsteve, you do realize that estimates from the Congressional Budget Office show that this health care legislation will REDUCE the federal deficit over the next 10 years. I don't know what you are ranting about, it doesn't make sense.

Posted by: dkinmd | November 9, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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