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    Merry Xmas From Bush - Medicare & Student Loans Slashed - $600 Million + For Israel

    Cheney rushing home to break budget tie if needed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate vote on a deficit-reduction bill looks to be so tight that Vice President Dick Cheney was rushing home from an overseas diplomatic mission to be the tiebreaker for saving one of the Bush administration's top priorities.

    The showdown vote loomed on the bill Wednesday, which would cut some federal benefits and trim budget deficits by $40 billion through the end of the decade.

    The House passed the bill before dawn Monday but may have to revote next year if Democrats in the Senate opt to lodge procedural objections against the measure for violating arcane Senate rules on what types of measures can advance via fast-track rules for budget bills.

    Cheney was in Pakistan Tuesday to check on U.S. aid to victims of an October earthquake that killed as estimated 75,000 people. He also met with President Pervez Musharraf.

    The budget vote is expected to be a close one — last month the bill squeaked through the Senate in a 52-47 tally. Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson was one of two Democrats voting for the bill then, but said Tuesday he will vote against the bill, in large part because provisions on Medicaid and welfare reform would shift costs to state and local governments.

    Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, the other Democrat to support the budget last month, is set to switch her vote since the bill no longer contains aid for Katrina victims, which has been attached to another measure. Sen. Jon Corzine, a Democrat elected governor of New Jersey, was absent last month but hopes to return to the Capitol for the final vote.

    Five Republicans are also expected to oppose the bill; one Republican who opposed the bill last month is expected to switch his vote.

    (MORE HERE)
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/washing...ssbudget_x.htm
    Last edited by dante; 12-25-2005 at 06:09 PM.

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    Re: Merry Xmas From Bush - Medicare & Student Loans Slashed - $600 Million + For Israel

    Let's see...

    included $29 billion in new aid for Gulf Coast hurricane victims and as well as new money for border security and winter heating subsidies

    The savings included $4.8 billion from Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. One provision would make it harder for beneficiaries to transfer assets to their children in order to qualify for government-paid nursing home care

    (Yeah faking you are poor to get tax payers to pay for your care is a good thing)

    Proposed cuts in food stamps and crop subsidies were dropped from the package.

    "fairly small cuts to benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid and student loan subsidies" is a far cry from SLASHED as you post in your thread title.

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    Re: Merry Xmas From Bush - Medicare & Student Loans Slashed - $600 Million + For Isra

    Quote Originally Posted by RegulationE
    Let's see...

    included $29 billion in new aid for Gulf Coast hurricane victims and as well as new money for border security and winter heating subsidies

    The savings included $4.8 billion from Medicaid, the health care program for the poor. One provision would make it harder for beneficiaries to transfer assets to their children in order to qualify for government-paid nursing home care

    (Yeah faking you are poor to get tax payers to pay for your care is a good thing)

    Proposed cuts in food stamps and crop subsidies were dropped from the package.



    "fairly small cuts to benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid and student loan subsidies" is a far cry from SLASHED as you post in your thread title.
    i'm startin ta like this guy!!but can i trust em!?time will tell!!

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