Knesset voting on 2007 budget

The 2007 budget came before the Knesset on Tuesday evening for its first reading. All coalition factions announced earlier that they would vote in favor of the budget; however, most had reservations about some of the sections. MK Sarah Marom (GIL Pensioners) said that if the Finance Ministry didn't revoke a section calling to freeze budgetary allowances for the elderly, her party would vote against the budget in future readings. Labor MK Ophir Paz-Pines, meanwhile, announced that he accepted his party's position of voting in favor, but sought an increase in the research and development budget.