WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-controlled Senate passed legislation to cut federal deficits by $39.7 billion on Wednesday by the narrowest of margins, 51-50, with Vice President Dick Cheney casting the deciding vote.
The measure, the product of a year's labors by the White House and the GOP in Congress, imposes the first restraints in nearly a decade in federal benefit programs such as Medicaid, Medicare and student loans.
I am very much in favor of restraint on budget matters. Heck, under the right set of circumstances, I might even see supporting some of these cuts.
In a time when we are spending hundreds of billions of dollars in extra defense spending, and when we are giving the rich billions in dollars in tax cuts, forcing the poor to be the only group involved in fiscal restraint is simply immoral.
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