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Congress' Republicans pass budget, but that's the easy part: Showdowns loom

Congress' Republicans pass budget, but that's the easy part: Showdowns loom

Fulfilling a top campaign pledge, Republicans on Tuesday gave final approval to the first budget from Congress in more than five years.

Despite passage of the largely symbolic budget blueprint, Congress faces a rough road ahead 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 fiscal year that 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-backed spending bills that mirror such an approach.

On Tuesday, Republican leaders nevertheless...

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