Senate Passes Democratic Budget Relying on Tax Increases to Reach Balance

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Capitol Hill (AP) Democrats in congress have passed similar $3 trillion election year budget plans.

The measures promise spending increases for education, defense and other popular programs, but many of President Bush's tax cuts would have to expire as scheduled in order to pay for them.

The senate passed its budget early Friday by a 51 to 44 vote. The house passed its plan 212 to 207. A final version will emerge after talks to iron out differences over a number of issues including taxes.

The three presidential candidates returned to Washington to cast votes on the budget. Republicans backing John McCain hope to take political advantage of votes cast by Barack Obama and Hillary clinton against renewing tax cuts as the heated presidential
campaign goes on.