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Sunday, September 18, 2005


Republicans plan equal opportunity for poverty

House Republicans are looking at delaying some federal spending, including money for a prescription drug benefit under Medicare and thousands of highway projects, to offset the cost of rebuilding the Gulf Coast, a leading GOP fiscal
conservative said today.

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., said there is a need for dramatic spending cuts in "big-ticket items.''

However, Democrats appearing on Sunday news programs questioned how President Bush can trim the budget to pay for Katrina recovery and support tax cuts for the wealthy.

"Where is he going to find roughly half a trillion dollars over the next several years for Iraq and for Katrina?'' Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., asked on "Late Edition'' on CNN. "I think we're not leveling with the American people.''

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