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Senate Passes Budget Plan in 52-46 Vote

Capitol_BuildingThe Senate has passed a fiscal year 2016 budget that increases military funding and seeks a 10-year deficit reduction of $5.1 trillion without any tax increases, USA Today reported Friday.

Susan Davis writes senators adopted the Republican-authored spending plan in a 52-46 vote that concluded around 3 a.m. Friday.

During the session, Republican members proposed amendments to boost defense spending, cap legislators’ compensation and repeal healthcare law, while Democrat members offered measures to raise the minimum wage and allow paid sick leave for U.S. workers.

The House on Wednesday approved a $3.8 trillion budget that includes $96 billion for overseas war operations.

USA Today reports both House and Senate spending proposals aim to balance the federal budget in 10 years and allot more funds for defense programs.

Both chambers of Congress will have to address differences in how they revamp Medicare and other entitlement programs in order to reach a final budget agreement, Davis said.

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