A cold front will approach the Brazos Valley later today. Isolated areas of rain and thunderstorms could develop along and ahead of that front between mid-afternoon and early evening. Good news: rain & storm activity will be quick moving (1 hour or less). Bad news: a few severe thunderstorms are possible with large hail and strong, damaging winds being the main concern. A brief, isolated tornado threat cannot be ruled out, as well.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A pivotal Republican is joining the congressional drive to eliminate the financial penalty for people who miss tomorrow's deadline for enrolling in the Medicare drug benefit.
Connecticut Congresswoman Nancy Johnson says she has talked to
enough colleagues to believe such a proposal would pass, probably
in the fall, and plans to introduce legislation to waive the penalty.
Johnson heads the House Ways and Means' subcommittee on health.
She says that in a democracy, "Congress responds to the people and
shapes the program so it's good for them."
She joins a handful of G-O-P lawmakers who have split publicly with the Bush's administration's position that the enrollment deadline and late penalty should remain.
The administration has made an exception for people who qualify for extra help because of their low income.
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