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House to boost veterans' programs, cut food aid

WASHINGTON (AP) - In an otherwise lean budget year, the House is poised to boost funding for the medical needs of the nation's veterans and increase spending for the military.
But the GOP-dominated chamber will soon resume its budget-slashing ways as it kicks off debate today on a food and farm spending bill that cuts aid for low-income pregnant women and their children. It also slashes a key overseas food aid program by about one-third below this year's funding.
At the same time, the House Appropriations Committee is set to approve a $649 billion measure that slightly boosts the Pentagon's operating budget while cutting costs for overseas military operations by $39 billion, reflecting a drawing down of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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