Senate adopts GOP budget compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has adopted a compromise GOP budget, paving the way for an assault on President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by a nearly party-line vote of 51-48. The House adopted it last week.

The measure sets a potential path for a balanced budget within a decade. It promises to cut domestic agencies and safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps, carve transportation spending and student aid, and curb tax breaks for the poor.

Republicans don’t plan to adhere to most of its cuts in follow-up legislation.

In the near term, however, the GOP plan promises a $38 billion, 7 percent increase for the Pentagon that is possible only by padding war accounts.

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