Atlanta, GA (AP) - The Senate has approved the $18 billion amended
budget for the remainder of the fiscal year in a plan that includes more money for hospitals serving poor patients.
The spending plan was approved 46-4. It must now be reconciled with a version approved earlier this month in the House.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Hill says the Senate and House versions are largely similar and represent difficult decisions made in a challenging economic climate. The bill restores cuts to senior services and the cash-strapped health benefit plan but would close two youth detention centers.
The amended budget covers the fiscal year that ends June 30.
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