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Senate gives pre-dawn OK to Democratic budget

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.

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Total spending

Senate Democrats: $46.5 trillion

House Republicans: $41.7 trillion

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Total revenue

Senate Democrats: $41.2 trillion

House Republicans: $40.2 trillion

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10-year deficit

Senate Democrats: $5.4 trillion

House Republicans: $1.4 trillion

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National debt at end of 2023

Senate Democrats: $24.4 trillion

House Republicans: $20.3 trillion

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Social Security

Senate Democrats: $11.3 trillion

House Republicans: $11.3 trillion

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Medicare

Senate Democrats: $6.8 trillion

House Republicans: $6.7 trillion

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Health, including Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program

Senate Democrats: $6.6 trillion

House Republicans: $4.0 trillion

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National defense

Senate Democrats: $6.0 trillion

House Republicans: $6.2 trillion

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Income security, including housing assistance, cash benefits and food stamps

Senate Democrats: $5.6 trillion

House Republicans: $5.0 trillion

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Interest on national debt

Senate Democrats: $5.2 trillion

House Republicans: $4.5 trillion

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Veterans benefits and services

Senate Democrats: $1.7 trillion

House Republicans: $1.7 trillion

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International Affairs, including foreign aid

Senate Democrats: $506 billion

House Republicans: $431 billion

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Education, training, employment and social services

Senate Democrats: $1.1 trillion

House Republicans: $906 billion

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Transportation

Senate Democrats: $919 billion

House Republicans: $801 billion

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Agriculture

Senate Democrats: $205 billion

House Republicans: $196 billion

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Natural resources and environment

Senate Democrats: $474 billion

House Republicans: $385 billion

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Community and regional development

Senate Democrats: $268 billion

House Republicans: $88 billion

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Sources: Senate Democratic and House Republican budget proposals.


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