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House GOP approves budget to hike defense, slash safety-net programs
House GOP approves budget to hike defense, slash safety-net programs

House Republicans pushed past their internal divisions to approve a budget blueprint Wednesday, putting the new Congress on track to notch a significant achievement once Senate Republicans pass their version by the end of the week. The ambitious but largely symbolic spending proposals adhere to Republican ideas for slashing social safety-net programs and lowering tax rates. But they have drawn criticism for dramatically boosting defense spending in a way that breaks with the Republican pledge to stick to deficit-lowering limits imposed at their own behest just a few years ago. Overcoming those differences between the party’s defense and deficit hawks posed a daunting challenge...

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