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Maryland Senator Defends Federal Spending On Prenatal Care

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In a draft budget House Republicans are calling for cutting maternity and children programs by more than $200 million, which Cardin opposes.

"Well I'm very concerned about the Republican game plan. I think their plan would be to decimate government," he says.

Maryland ranks 39th in the United States for its infant mortality rate. Cardin says addressing that problem will save money in the end.

"If we can get birth rates up, you not only...decrease infant mortality, we also provide healthier babies, which will have healthier lives, more productive lives and less costly lives," he says.

The spending battle is just beginning on Capitol Hill, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats will now have to work negotiate the final details of the nations budget.

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