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As the clock ticks toward Election Day, Democrat Chris Murphy criticized U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-5th Dist., for letting the clock run out on Medicare legislation she sponsored.
Murphy, a state senator from Cheshire challenging Johnson, held a press conference at Danbury Democratic Headquarters on Main Street. He questioned Johnson's intentions in not bringing the bill up for a vote before Congress adjourned for the campaign season.
The bill would have eliminated penalties against seniors who missed an enrollment deadline for the new Medicare prescription drug plan. Though Johnson is the chairwoman of a health subcommittee, she never pushed for a vote, Murphy said.
"This was either an intentional bait and switch or shows an inability to lead her committee," said Murphy.
The House Ways and Means committee and the Health Subcommittee met a total of 12 times, Murphy said, and neither took action on the bill.
"Did Nancy Johnson really think no one would notice that after the press-conference lights were turned off, she buried her own bill?" Murphy said. "As one of the highest ranking members of the Ways and Means Committee, she could have forced a hearing on the bill at any time."
Seniors are turning against Johnson because of what they considered a flawed drug plan, said state Rep. Robert Godfrey, D-Danbury, who spoke in favor of Murphy.
"She used to be an independent voice when she went to Washington," Godfrey said. "She changed and became an insider. No longer is she from Connecticut traveling to Washington. She's from Washington traveling to Connecticut."
Think about it seniors. Remember, Nancy Johnson is one of the highest ranking members on the Way and Means Committee YET she never brought up the Medicare bil SHE sponsored which would have eliminated penalties against seniors who missed the Medicare prescription drug plan enrollment deadline.
This isn't rocket science folks.