Saturday, November 19, 2005
House Republican leaders secured a hard-fought victory early Thursday when they eked out passage of a $50 billion budget-cutting bill, but the broad measure must now be reconciled with a far more modest Senate version that largely steers clear of reducing programs for the poor. The blueprint would impose new fees on Medicaid recipients, squeeze student loan programs, cut child support enforcement and push tens of thousands of low-income families off food stamps. GOP leaders hailed the tough-minded measure as proof that the party is ready to make the difficult decisions necessary to confront stubborn budget deficits. Source. Washingtonpost.com. For more information, please click here (last visited November 19, 2005, reo).