The future of Congress' $2.4 trillion fiscal 2005 budget plan remained in doubt last night after the bill narrowly passed the House 216-213 with strong Republican support in a largely party-line vote. The compromise spending plan projects a fiscal 2005 budget deficit of $367 billion, which some moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Senate view as too large. Senate leadership has not decided whether to take up the proposal this week or after the Senate returns from its Memorial Day recess. The bill was negotiated by members of Congress to reconcile differences in each chamber's separate budget plan passed in March. The final version scrapped Medicaid cuts of up to $2.2 billion over five years that were contained in the House-passed plan. -- by Tony Fong
Deficit may sink budget plan despite House vote
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