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Congress sets budget target at $3 trillion

June 06, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Congress approved a $3-trillion spending plan that proposes modest increases for domestic programs such as education, energy and veterans benefits -- and marks the first time in eight years that lawmakers have managed to adopt a budget in an election year.

Democrats hailed the feat as a demonstration of their ability to govern. Republicans acknowledged the accomplishment but blasted Democrats for raising spending on government agencies to historic levels and for failing to slow the growth of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

The nonbinding resolution does not go to the president for his signature, but sets targets for annual appropriations bills.

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