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House approves budget reconciliation package

May 10, 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives today voted 218-199, mainly along party lines, to approve a Republican budget reconciliation package that would cancel $98 billion in automatic defense spending cuts scheduled for January 2013 and replace them with across-the-board cuts to other discretionary and mandatory programs. The legislation retains the 2% across-the-board cut to Medicare spending under the Budget Control Act, adds more stringent eligibility reviews for Medicaid enrollees and caps damages on medical liability awards, among other provisions. The Senate is not expected to take up the measure, and the administration has said the president would veto it.