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Senate and House budget proposals far apart

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Trying to finish their work before a two week Easter recess, the Senate worked through the night Friday  into Saturday morning to pass a budget for the first time in four years.

The Senate version raises taxes by almost a trillion dollars over the next ten years and protects several key entitlements. It does not have a framework for a balanced budget.

House leaders were quick to say the Senate proposal is "Dead on arrival" to their chamber, much as the House proposal is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

The House proposal seeks a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, called Obamacare by many, and does not raise taxes.

It also has a framework for a balanced budget in ten years. The impasse between the chambers is not expected to be resolved quickly, if at all.

North Carolina 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows, a Republican, thinks it is important to try to find some common ground but believes that can only happen if the senate has a framework for a balanced budget. "It might be in 20 years, it might be 25 but they need to do more than just raise taxes," said Meadows.

In the meantime, both chambers are still waiting for a budget proposal from President Obama. That budget was expected to be submitted last month.

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