The House of Representatives voted 215-212 in favor of a 2004 budget resolution that included $400 billion in new money over 10 years for a Medicare prescription drug benefit but also called for Medicaid cuts of more than $90 billion in that time period. Absent from the House budget were Medicare cuts of $215 billion over 10 years, which had been possible under an earlier Budget Committee proposal. At deadline the Senate was debating its budget resolution, which would allocate $400 billion over 10 years for a drug benefit, $50 billion over 10 years to assist the uninsured and $3.3 billion in 2004 to reform Medicaid. The chambers have until April 15 to submit a single budget proposal to President Bush. -- by Jeff Tieman
House passes budget plan without Medicare cuts
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