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Obama's Budgets Approved By House and Senate

THE United States House and Senate have approved budgets drawn to Obama's specifications and pointing the way toward major legislation later this year on health care, energy and education.

"It's going to take a lot of work to clean up the mess we inherited, and passing this budget is a critical step in the right direction," Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

Republicans accused Democrats of drafting plans that would hurt the recession-ravaged economy in the long run, rather than help it, and saddle future generations with too much debt.

"The administration's budget simply taxes too much, spends too much and borrows too much at a moment when we can least afford it," said the Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

But a Republican alternative fared poorly in the House, where 38 Republicans voted against a plan supported by their own leadership.

The House approved 233-196 its version of the US$3.6-trillion budget for the year from October 1, including a deficit of US$1.2 trillion.

The Senate voted 55-43 for spending of US$3.5 trillion.


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