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Hutchison Joins GOP Push for Budget Alternative

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) joined Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in rolling out a GOP alternative to President Barack Obama’s budget resolution, which will likely see final passage in the chamber by week’s end. A group of GOP Senators — wary of criticism that they belong to the “party of no— — rolled out the budget alternative today that they said will cut the deficit and cap spending. The proposal maintains current discretionary spending levels and makes the Bush administration tax cuts permanent. The GOP measure came out one day before the Senate is poised to vote on final passage of the budget. Joining McCain today were GOP Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Hutchison.“After unprecedented government spending with the Stimulus bill and the Omnibus appropriations bill, on top of what was passed in 2008, the American people expect and deserve restraint,— Hutchison said in a statement. “Our budget amendment is a commonsense alternative that demonstrates a willingness to act responsibly as we work through tough economic times.—

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