The House voted 215 to 212 to pass a fiscal 2005 budget blueprint that includes up to $2.2 billion in Medicaid cuts over five years. The Senate passed its own fiscal 2005 budget resolution earlier this month without any Medicaid cuts. A conference committee must work out the differences between the two proposals. The House plan, which passed the Budget Committee last week, directs the Energy and Commerce Committee to cut $2.2 billion from programs under its jurisdiction, the largest of which is Medicaid. -- by Tony Fong
House narrowly passes fiscal 2005 budget plan
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