Senior Meals Deal

Oklahoma City, OK – Deal reached in Senate over senior meals program

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have reached an agreement over a senior meals program that will allow a fix for this year's budget to go forward.

Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, said Wednesday he would work to fund the senior meals program for the 2011 fiscal year in exchange for Democrat votes needed to complete the 2010 budget deal.

Democrats had held up the 2010 budget deal out of concerns about cuts to the program that provides meals to senior citizens across the state. The holdup threatened to lead to furloughs of state troopers and prison workers and cut funding for education.

More tham a dozen uniformed troopers and prison guards were in the Senate gallery when the budget bills were reconsidered.

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