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Democrats want hearing on 'Obama phone' program

Want to examine Lifeline program, efforts to contain its costs

(The Hill) Three leading House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats are calling for an oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, a phone subsidy for the poor that has been disparagingly referred to as the “Obama phone” program.

The program, which began long before President Obama took office, has been notorious for waste and abuse. The FCC enacted reforms last year aimed at trimming billions of dollars from the program, but recent reports indicate that people who are ineligible for the program are still receiving subsidies.

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