Senate panel to approve budget sparing safety net

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Acting on the Senate's first budget since President Barack Obama took office, a Democratic-led panel is ready to approve a fiscal blueprint that would trim the budget deficit while protecting safety net programs from slashing cuts proposed by Republicans.

Thursday's action in the Senate Budget Committee comes as Obama heads to the Capitol for the third consecutive day, carrying his charm offensive with Congress to Senate Republicans and his Democratic allies in the House.

The Senate budget plan, which was drafted by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, blends about $1 trillion in modest cuts to health care providers, the Pentagon, domestic agencies and interest payments on the debt with an equal amount in new revenue claimed by ending some tax breaks.

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