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April 29, 2011

Senate Schedule - Budget Votes

Key senator: Revenue increase from tax reform is OK
A leading Senate conservative said Sunday he can accept tax reform that increases overall tax revenue as part of a comprehensive deficit reduction plan. Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma told the NBC program "Meet the Press" that if lowering tax rates and eliminating loopholes and deductions ended up bringing in more money to the U.S. government, "that would be fine with me."

Dems seek leverage by forcing GOP split on Ryan's budget plan
Senate Leader Harry Reid (D) hopes to drive wedge through the GOP caucus and leave vulnerable incumbents in a jam.

Kent Conrad pitches last chance budget deal
The Senate budget committee chairman seeks the middle between Ryan and Obama.

Senate Democrat backs bill to cap government spending
Ratcheting up the pressure on Democratic leaders to accept steep cuts in government spending, freshman Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said Tuesday he would back a bill that places strict caps on spending enforced by automatic cuts if those caps were breached. The move by the moderate Democrat, who is up for re-election in a swing state, is evidence of the acute sensitivity many Democrats have about the politically charged issue of reducing government debt. Top Senate Democrats oppose spending caps as too inflexible. Manchin's announcement could weaken Democratic leaders in their negotiations with Republicans over the coming weeks about how to cut spending and curb the nation's debt.

Reid Says Senate Will Vote on Paul Ryan's Budget
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will hold a Senate vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal in a politically-charged move to force Republicans to go on the record on the controversial plan.

Congress: A Senate vote on the Ryan budget
Harry Reid says there will be a Senate vote on the Paul Ryan budget.

Mitch McConnell: Let's vote on Obama budget
The Senate minority leader pushes a dueling litmus-test vote on spending.

Sen. Sessions says Dem plan to split GOP with budget vote will backfire
GOP senator says it will remind voters that Senate Democrats don't have their own budget proposal.

Debt Ceiling Exposes Deepening Democratic Divide
Competing pressures for the 2012 election have put President Obama and moderate Senate Democrats on a collision course over Obama’s pending request to raise the federal debt limit.

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