Sen. Rod Grams, R-Minn., conducted a telephone news conference Thursday to criticize President Clinton's veto of the federal estate tax bill and to urge passage of medical prescription relief for seniors.
Though he said that the chance of overriding Clinton's veto on the estate tax are doubtful, it is a bill that would help family farmers and hardworking Americans and not just the ultra-rich.
The House failed to override Clinton's veto Thursday.
Clinton, he argued, was determined "not to give one dime of tax relief."
Relating to medical prescription drug relief for seniors, Grams said he favored a proposal that would target help to those who needed it most -- not to the seniors who are wealthy and can afford prescriptions but to those who live on Social Security and must still pay $200 to $300 a month for their prescription drugs.
"It makes sure those that need the help receive the help," he said. "If you can afford it you should be able to buy it."
The entire Medicare system needs reform but in the mean time some sort of prescription drug relief for deserving seniors could be accomplished yet this year, he said.
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