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Republicans Unveil Deep Medicare, Poverty Program Cuts
Mixing deep cuts to safety-net programs for the poor with politically risky cost curbs for Medicare, Republicans controlling the House unveiled an election-year budget blueprint Tuesday that paints clear campaign differences with President Barack Obama.
The announcement reignited a full-throated budget battle. Republicans cast themselves as stepping up to a federal deficit crisis long ignored by both parties, while Democrats and their allies responded with promises to protect the elderly and the poor from drastic cuts they said would harm the most vulnerable Americans.
The GOP plan doesn't have a chance of becoming law this year - the Democratic-controlled Senate has no plans to even take it up - but it provides a sharp election-season contrast to the budget released by Obama last month.
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