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Murray At Center Stage Guiding Democratic Budget Plan

US Senate

Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray took center stage in the other Washington Wednesday. She’s the new chair the U.S. Senate’s budget committee. In that role, Murray outlined the Democrats’ 10-year plan to get the nation closer to a balanced budget.

Her proposal is a combination of budget trims, tax increases and stimulus spending.

“Our budget tackles this issue the way the American people have consistently said they want it done," Murray says. "With an equal mix of responsible spending cuts across the federal budget, and new revenue raised by closing loopholes and cutting wasteful breaks that primarily benefit the rich.”

Murray’s budget plan is a counterpoint to a spending blueprint unveiled Tuesday by House Republican Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan. The GOP plan relies heavily on long-term spending cuts to entitlement programs and includes no tax increases.

On the Web:

Fiscal Year 2014 Senate Budget - US Senate
Video: US Senate Budget Committee budget mark-up - C-SPAN