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House takes up a plan tied to healthcare overhaul

AP/Yahoo News, April 2, 2009
House Democrats pressed a budget plan to make it easier to pass healthcare legislation backed by President Barack Obama, but their GOP rivals in the Senate preserved their ability to block upcoming legislation on global warming. As debate continued on nonbinding Democratic budget plans largely mimicking President Barack Obama's $3.6 trillion budget proposal, Republicans in the House offered an alternative that would eventually end the Medicare program as it is now known.