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Bush Budget Would Cut Popular Health Programs

February 14, 2006
by Ceci Connolly
Washington Post

President Bush has requested billions more to prepare for potential disasters such as a biological attack or an influenza epidemic, but his proposed budget for next year would zero out popular health projects that supporters say target more mundane, but more certain, killers... ..."The public health component of a governor's budget is discretionary," said Kim Elliott, deputy director of the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan advocacy group that lobbies for investment in disease prevention. "It is always the public health dollars that get squeezed."

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