House fails to vote on budget blueprint

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The House late last week postponed a vote on the 2007 budget resolution due to a dispute over the inclusion of $3.1 billion in education and healthcare funds.

Centrist Republicans want to see the funds included in the blueprint. But House leaders were trying to figure out how to reinsert the funds without raising the $873 billion level in discretionary spending. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) met with centrist Reps. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Nancy Johnson (R-CT) during the day about how to include the funds.

The House adjourned for the Easter holiday last month after failing to vote on a resolution. The Senate passed a budget resolution that drew praise from nursing home providers because it leaves out Bush's proposed reductions for Medicare and Medicaid. President Bush said he would veto a resolution that does not include drastic spending cuts.