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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still a ways apart on a budget agreement.
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are still a ways apart on a budget agreement.

Senators on the Budget Committee will tweak the budget released by the Democratic majority this week. The proposal shields federal workers from budget cuts proposed by Republicans.

The Senate Budget Committee is expecting a long day today as members start offering amendments to the Democrats' budget. While the House Republican proposal would cut the debt in part through cutting the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition, the Democrat's budget proposal would raise around a trillion dollars in new revenue.

Congressman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) says Senate Democrats are taking the wrong approach.

"We don't have quite the same love for taxes that the Senate does," Forbes says. "I don't they've ever met a tax they really couldn't embrace and like. But we really feel like if you can get the economy growing again, it's not a taxing problem, it's a spending problem."

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) says he isn't completely satisfied with his party's new budget. But he says his party recognizes that Congress still needs to recoup revenue that was lost when some of the Bush-era tax cuts were extended.

"I would simply remind on the revenue side — you look at revenues, you look at spending. I think a balanced approach looks at both," Warner says.

The two competing budgets that came out this week are outlines for next year. On the Senate floor is a bill to fund the government for the rest of this year, which continues a pay freeze for the federal workforce through the end of the year.

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