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Catania: illegal immigrant health care deal closer

Wednesday - 5/9/2012, 7:54am  ET

WASHINGTON - The District of Columbia councilman at the center of the debate with the mayor's office over funding health benefits for illegal immigrants says the two sides are closer to reaching an agreement.

Last week, a council panel set aside $20.5 million to continue offering illegal immigrants free health insurance, a plan that drew immediate criticism from Mayor Vincent Gray's office.

Councilman David Catania tells The Washington Examiner ( http://bit.ly/K9JMOM) that the two sides have made a lot of progress. Catania has said the money for the program comes from savings found elsewhere in the budget.

The mayor's office, however, contends that the plan would just create holes in other places.

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Information from: The Washington Examiner, http://www.washingtonexaminer.com


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