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Mike Enzi
For GOP, approving budget may be the easy part as showdowns loom
For GOP, approving budget may be the easy part as showdowns loom

Fulfilling a top campaign pledge, Republicans were poised Tuesday to give final approval to the first budget passed by Congress in more than five years. But despite the expected passage of what is largely a symbolic budget blueprint, Congress faces a rough road in translating that vision into actual spending bills that will satisfy both parties and avoid a government shutdown this fall. The $3.8-trillion GOP budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, is based on beefed-up funding for the military and steep reductions in social programs. But President Obama is all but certain to veto any Republican-backing spending bills that mirror such an approach. On Tuesday,...

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