GOP Bashes Dems For Skirting Tricky Health Budget Issues

Law360, New York (April 18, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT) -- U.S. Senate Democrats put forward a debt reduction plan in place of an annual budget Wednesday without allowing votes on the proposal, a move trashed by Republicans as an attempt to dodge long-term health care spending and other politically risky issues.

Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., convened a markup hearing on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's December 2010 debt reduction plan, better known as the Simpson-Bowles plan, but did not permit members to offer amendments or to vote on it, only...
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