Senate Democrats Pass Health Spending Bill, Despite GOP Opposition

Republicans in the Senate voted against a $158 billion health care spending bill this afternoon that would reduce “$308 million over FY 2011 levels” and eliminate some 15 programs. The measure still passed the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies and will move to full committee tomorrow. The bill increases spending for combating waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid and includes $4.5 billion in additional funding to implement the Affordable Care Act.


The Hill’s Julian Pecquet reports that Republicans are holding up a Health and Human Services appropriations bill in the House, claiming that it costs too much.

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