The U.S. Senate is ready to wrap up its work for the summer and Senators will head home without passing a prescription drug plan for senior citizens. In the end, two bills were being considered – one, a $600-Billion proposal that would have provided benefits to all senior citizens enrolled in Medicare; the other, a scaled-back, less expensive version providing benefits only to the neediest of senior citizens. Senator Christopher Bondliked the latter option, saying it helped the neediest of senior citizens and was cost effective. Senator Jean Carnahan was sorry to see both plans go down to defeat. She says she’s disappointed the Senate was unable to reach agreement on some plan for senior citizens. Senators will try again when they return from their summer break afterLabor Day. The House of Representatives has already passed its version of a prescription bill.
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