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Schwarzenegger in D.C.

schwarzenegger.jpgThe governor flew to Washington, D.C., today for the National Governors Association’s annual meeting. In his pre-taped weekly radio address which aired this morning, he said he’ll “be talking with the President, my fellow Governors and California’s elected leaders in Congress about solutions to our health care crisis, immigration, global climate change and help for those hurt by the recent freeze in California.”

And that talking will be sharp when it comes to President Bush’s budget plan, he indicated: “The President’s proposal to cut Medicare and Medicaid funding would hurt our efforts to fix California’s broken health care system.”

Schwarzenegger also noted Bush has proposed scrapping SCAAP — the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program — which helps states pay for jailing illegal immigrants who commit crimes. Congress funded the program at about $661 million this year, and California usually gets about 40 percent of the total funding.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.