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Congress: Yesterday's budget news

The Senate Budget Committee yesterday passed a budget resolution along party lines, 13-10. The Hill: "Compared to the president's proposal, Conrad's (D-N.D.) includes less non-defense discretionary spending and fewer details over how to overhaul the healthcare system and curb global warming. But it does tackle Obama's top priorities of healthcare, energy, education and deficit reduction."

Regarding that GOP "budget" yesterday… Republicans' "19-page proposal included few details. Instead, it promised Republican themes of curbing spending, creating jobs, cutting taxes and controlling debt."
 
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs "ridiculed the GOP proposal for being brief and containing a 'picture of a windmill' instead of numbers. He also used a string of one-liners at yesterday's briefing to knock it down: "It took me several minutes to read it" and "I think the 'Party of No' has become the party of no new ideas."
 
Boehner spokeswoman Antonia Ferrier responded this way: "I'm glad Mr. Gibbs mentioned windmills. The administration must be tilting at windmills thinking their bloated budget puts our nation on a path to fiscal sanity. No amount of pithy language can hide the fact that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that their budget costs $2.3 trillion more than the administration thought."
 
"The Senate approved a major national-service bill Thursday that triples the AmeriCorps program to 250,000 participants and designates Sept. 11 as a 'National Day of Service and Remembrance.'"

HHS nominee Kathleen Sebelius will get her first of two Senate confirmation hearings, beginning Thursday.