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House committee votes on main state budget bill

Published On: Mar 11 2013 01:01:07 PM MDT
Helena Capitol Summer
HELENA, Mont. -

A House committee is rejecting federal money used for family planning, setting up a showdown over the issue.
The House Appropriations Committee blocked a Democratic-led effort Monday to restore the roughly $4 million into the state's main budget bill.
The panel has made very few changes to a plan that spends roughly $9 billion in state and federal money over the next two years.
The debate featured ideological arguments over relatively small portions of that money.
Republicans opposed the restoration of Title X federal family planning money in the budget since some of it goes to Planned Parenthood, which also provides abortions.
Democrats argued the federal law prohibits using any of the money on abortions and said the funds are needed in community health centers offering preventative care for women.