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Friday, November 04, 2005

GOP congress: poor children are on their own

Further evidence in today's Washington Post that the Republican Party simply believes that if you are poor, it is your fault. Even if you are a child. Even if you need food stamps. Even if you simply want reduced price school lunch. In the Post via Daily Kos:
The Senate approved sweeping deficit-reduction legislation last night that would save about $35 billion over the next five years by cutting federal spending on prescription drugs, agriculture supports and student loans, while clamping down on fraud in the Medicaid program. [...]

The focus now shifts to the House, where the Budget Committee voted 21 to 16 yesterday to approve a more extensive bill saving nearly $54 billion through 2010 with cuts to Medicaid, food stamps, student loans, agriculture subsidies and child support enforcement. The House measure would allow states to impose premiums and co-payments on poor Medicaid recipients for the first time.
While I don't generally love DKos (I find it a bit blindly partisan, a little too echo-chambery and with not enough intellectual analysis), I recommend checking out their post on the subject.

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