Schisms seen as GOP scurries
When the House voted at 3 a.m. on Friday to pass Medicare prescription drug legislation, the lawmakers addressed an urgent political problem for Republicans in the fall elections. But the pressure to pass the bill also brought to the surface tensions within the party on drug pricing issues.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and White House political operatives worked overtime to round up votes for the legislation, arguing that passing a Medicare drug bill, even one that elicited little enthusiasm from some members, will be vital to countering Democrats.
A handful of party dissidents, sensing that the GOP's six-member margin