In the first phrase the Senator got a check from his special interests groups for the corruption that they will provide. In the second phrase the Senator will be receiving medical care far better than you or I will get and probably get a medal for being "wounded in action" and probably a pay raise.
Both phrases are completely changed from each other. The first phrase is about career or profession, and the second phrase is about health. There are two similarities in both phrases, the first one is subject (senator) and the second one is achievement (passed).
One is acceptable in the political sense of the word. It is, however, impossible to do without deception. The other is certainly preferable to the Senator doing anything political at all. We would be better off if Senators were elected and spent their entire term on the golf course, instead of meddling in the lives of the rest of us.