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      Archive: 12/18/2012
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        12/18/2012, Tevet 5, 5773

      Committee Vote on Budget Cuts Cancelled


      Chairman Moshe Gafni of the Knesset Finance Committee announced, Tuesday morning, that there would be no vote on across-the board cuts for government ministries because no coalition Knesset members came to the committee meeting. He said, "I will not approve a cut like this on the eve of the election. If other members of Knesset from the coalition come, for whom the balancing of the budget is important, we will discuss the cut."

      Gafni also said,  "If the government believes that it is inevitable and there is no alternative but to cut government offices to meet the budget target at the end of the year, it should see to the appearance of coalition Knesset members who will vote for it."