Senate nears pre-dawn OK of Democratic budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — An exhausted Senate is nearing passage of a $3.7 trillion budget for next year. The blueprint will let majority Democrats highlight their fiscal priorities, but it won't resolve the deep differences the two parties have over deficits and the size of government.

After considering more than 90 amendments since debate began earlier this week, senators began a final series of votes early Saturday and were on course to approve the measure in the pre-dawn hours.

The budget is non-binding, but it lets Democrats draw clear contrasts with Republicans.

The Senate Democratic plan would use about $1 trillion in new taxes over the coming decade to curb federal deficits and impose only modest spending reductions. A House-passed GOP budget claims to eliminate deficits in a decade using deep spending cuts.

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