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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:01 PM

Senior Democrat says Senate will finally pass a budget this year

Source: Reuters

Senior Democrat says Senate will finally pass a budget this year

By Thomas Ferraro
WASHINGTON | Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:12pm EST

(Reuters) - A senior lawmaker said on Sunday that he and fellow Senate Democrats, for the first time more than in three years, intend to meet Republican demands to finally pass a U.S. budget.

Senator Charles Schumer, the chamber's No. 3 Democrat, said, however, that the spending plan will include proposed new revenue despite Republican warnings that they won't go along with more any tax hikes.

"We're going to do a budget this year and it is going to have revenue in it, and Republicans ought to get used to that," Schumer told NBC's "Meet the Press."

President Barack Obama's Democrats control the Senate, but haven't passed a budget since 2010 amid disagreements within the party over possible spending cuts, particularly in entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/20/us-usa-congress-budget-idUSBRE90J0D620130120

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