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Dec 7, 2009 11:12 AM by Associated Press

Senate to vote on abortion issue

Sen. Claire McCaskill says a Senate move to embrace the tough anti-abortion language in a House version of health care legislation must be defeated. McCaskill says language in the bill now on the Senate floor retains long-standing policy prohibiting federal funds for abortion - and that's sufficient.

The Missouri Democrat said she believes an amendment by Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson "goes further." She says under the Nelson plan, "you can't use private money in the private market" -- and she says "that goes too far."

Appearing on the same show, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee accused Democrats of "using Medicare as a piggy bank to pay for a big new program."

Congress is cutting more than $400 billion from Medicare programs to pay for the health care bill.

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