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Policy & Politics

Spending Bill Spares D.C. Needle Exchange

April 13, 2011

Details emerged Tuesday regarding the spending bill hammered out Friday by President Obama and congressional negotiators to avert a federal government shutdown. The final version spares the Washington region many of the budget cuts and policy changes included in the bill the House passed in February. The new measure does prohibit the District from spending its own money to fund abortions for low-income women; however, it does not ban the use of city funds for needle-exchange programs. Concern over how the budget deal would impact Washington prompted a protest Monday in which some 30 people -- including Mayor Vincent Gray and six Council members -- were arrested.

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Adapted from:
Washington Post
04.12.2011; Ben Pershing

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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