The Missouri House has rejected another Democratic effort to add a Medicaid expansion to the state budget.
The House opened debate Tuesday on the state's 2014 budget by defeating an effort to send the budget back to a committee in hopes of adding more than $900 million of federal funds to expand Medicaid for low-income adults.
The defeat of Tuesday's motion was almost a foregone conclusion in the Republican-led House, because the House Budget Committee had previously rejected the Medicaid expansion.
Nearing the conclusion of a week-long trip to Asia, Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday announced trade agreements with Taiwan and South Korea totaling $1.9 billion in Missouri goods for the next four years.
Nixon says Missouri farmers will feel a positive impact from these arrangements, noting that the state’s corn and soybeans are recognized for their quality, and that Missourians can deliver the quantities within these agreements.