Table: Margarita's Way

Margaret La Montagne's 2001 policy priorities:

EDUCATION

Enact sweeping reforms that require nationwide improve local accountability, and emphasize early-childhood reading

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Voucher component could complicate bipartisan negotiations

PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS

Create new guarantees that allow managed-care patients to see specialists and appeal denial of services by HMOs

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White House wants a more limited right to sue than many lawmakers

FAITH-BASED SOCIAL SERVICES

Allow religious organizations to bid for federal contracts on services from alcohol rehab to job training

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Critics say plan could violate separation of church and state

CAMPAIGN-FINANCE REFORM

Ban soft-money gifts by unions and corporations

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Bush would allow wealthy individuals to continue unlimited donations, which is opposed by Senator John McCain and others

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