WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has narrowly passed its first budget proposal in four years as majority Democrats went on record favoring almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering domestic programs targeted by House Republicans.
The Democratic plan also proposes to reverse automatic spending cuts that are beginning to strike both the Pentagon and domestic programs. It passed by a near party line 50-49 vote after senators working most of the night approved it in Saturday's pre-dawn hours.
The vote came after lawmakers considered scores of votes on amendments, many of which were offered in hopes of inflicting political damage on Democratic senators up for re-election in GOP-leaning states like Alaska and Louisiana.
President Barack Obama's long-overdue budget is scheduled to be released April 8.
Here is a breakdown and comparison of how the Senate's budget will spend money, versus the House Republicans' plans. The comparison shown is over the next decade.
Senate Democrats: $46.5 trillion
House Republicans: $41.7 trillion
Senate Democrats: $41.2 trillion
House Republicans: $40.2 trillion
Senate Democrats: $5.4 trillion
House Republicans: $1.4 trillion
National debt at end of 2023
Senate Democrats: $24.4 trillion
House Republicans: $20.3 trillion
Senate Democrats: $11.3 trillion
House Republicans: $11.3 trillion
Senate Democrats: $6.8 trillion
House Republicans: $6.7 trillion
Health, including Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program
Senate Democrats: $6.6 trillion
House Republicans: $4.0 trillion
Senate Democrats: $6.0 trillion
House Republicans: $6.2 trillion
Income security, including housing assistance, cash benefits and food stamps
Senate Democrats: $5.6 trillion
House Republicans: $5.0 trillion
Interest on national debt
Senate Democrats: $5.2 trillion
House Republicans: $4.5 trillion
Veterans benefits and services
Senate Democrats: $1.7 trillion
House Republicans: $1.7 trillion
International Affairs, including foreign aid
Senate Democrats: $506 billion
House Republicans: $431 billion
Education, training, employment and social services
Senate Democrats: $1.1 trillion
House Republicans: $906 billion
Senate Democrats: $919 billion
House Republicans: $801 billion
Senate Democrats: $205 billion
House Republicans: $196 billion
Natural resources and environment
Senate Democrats: $474 billion
House Republicans: $385 billion
Community and regional development
Senate Democrats: $268 billion
House Republicans: $88 billion
Sources: Senate Democratic and House Republican budget proposals.