$585M request is cut deeply in House, Senate versions.
Republican House members, including Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, center, stood for a head count Monday during a vote to table an amendment to the health and human services bill. The bill is getting sharp criticism from Republicans, who worry that cuts will hurt nursing homes and rural hospitals.
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Rep. Dan Schoen, DFL-St. Paul Park, tried to lift a stack of proposed amendments to the Health and Human Services omnibus bill during Monday’s long day of debate.
HHS Finance Chairman Rep. Thomas Huntley, DFL-Duluth, had threatened to resign his leadership of the panel over the budget cuts, but he came to believe that “we have to do something about health care spending.” “I had a target, I didn’t like the target, but we met it,” he said.