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Considere o texto abaixo para responder à questão.Senate Passes Plan to Cut $35 Billion From DeficitBy Jonathan WeismanWashington Post Staff WriterFriday, November 4, 2005; A01   

        The Senate approved sweeping deficit-reduction legislation last

night that would save about $35 billion over the next five years by

cutting federal spending on prescription drugs, agriculture supports and

student loans, while clamping down on fraud in the Medicaid program.   

        The measure would also open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife

Refuge to oil drilling, a long-sought goal of the oil industry that took

a major step forward after years of political struggle. A bipartisan

effort to strip the drilling provision narrowly failed.       

    The Senate bill, which passed 52 to 47, is the first in nearly a

decade to tackle the growth of entitlement spending, the part of the

federal budget that rises automatically based on set formulas and

population changes. It would shave payments to some farmers by 2.5

percent, while eliminating a major cotton support program and trimming

agriculture conservation spending. A proposal to limit payments to rich

farmers failed yesterday. The measure passed largely along party lines,

with only two Democrats voting for it and five Republicans voting

against it.            Yesterday's action is part of an effort

by congressional Republicans to demonstrate fiscal discipline after

widespread complaints of profligate spending on Capitol Hill. ... 51

many Democrats and some moderate Republicans are concerned that the

effort may go too far, prominent Republicans in the Senate and House

said the cuts were necessary to slow the rate of spending and control a

deficit projected to total $314 billion by the end of the fiscal year.   

        During a speech yesterday, former House majority leader Tom

Delay (R-Tex) repeatedly apologized for excessive spending by Congress,

including recent highway legislation that was ...52 with

lawmakers' pet projects. After noting that House Republicans have voted

to cut taxes every year since winning the majority in 1994, DeLay

acknowledged, "Our record on spending has not been as consistent, ...53 ."(Adapted from washingtonpost.com)A palavra que preenche corretamente a lacuna 52 é

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