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Oklahoma senator loses Indian health care vote


The Senate voted 75 to 17 against a rider offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) that would have added $121 million to diabetes and substance abuse programs.

Coburn offered the rider as part of the 2006 Interior appropriations bill. It would have shifted the money from federal land acquisition programs to Indian health.

"If we're going to spend the money anyway, shouldn't we be spending it on something that's going to increase the quality of life?" the Oklahoma physician said on the Senate floor, The Oklahoman reported.

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Coburn fails to get Indian health care funding (The Oklahoman 6/29)
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Interior Appropriations:
H.R.2361 | H.Rept.109-80 | S.Report.109-80

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