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Because Democrats want to restore $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts over the same period — cuts imposed by Washington’s failure to strike a broader budget pact — the blueprint authored by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington increases spending slightly when compared with current policies.
McConnell labeled the plan a "left-wing manifesto masquerading as a budget."
Democrats on Thursday evening pushed Murray’s budget through the Budget Committee on a 12-10 party-line vote, setting up a clash on the Senate floor next week.
A rival plan is expected to come to the Republican-controlled House next week after its approval in committee Wednesday evening. Democrats were as harsh in criticizing it as Republicans were in condemning theirs. The GOP plan cuts $4.6 trillion and eliminates deficits over a decade without any tax increase.
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