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The U.S. Senate is about to vote on a 2004 omnibus budget package that includes the nation’s first federally-subsidized education voucher program for Washington, D.C. school children. “Any voucher plan in Washington D.C. will be a huge victory for the educational choice movement,” Joe Bast, president of Chicago-based Heartland Institute, said today. “This would bring national attention to the issue, and something that would help this issue to move forward.”