SC lawmakers nix $5B budget plan over drug cuts

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers are refusing to go along with a compromise version of a nearly $5 billion state spending plan.

House lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a proposed budget by a 47-69 vote. Some Republicans are upset it would have no restrictions against state health plan coverage of abortions for victims of rape and incest.

Democrats uniformly nixed the budget because they don't like its deep cuts to prescription drug plans for the elderly and to health care programs.

The proposal was made after leaders of the House and Senate compromised on the budget last week. It could come up for another vote later today. If rejected again, the plan goes back to that committee attempting to find middle ground between House and Senate spending plans.

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