Senate slated to vote on GOP budget compromise

Charles Schumer, Chris Van Hollen, Steve Israel
FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., ranking member on the House Budget Committee, left, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the budget as Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., listen. Cuts to Medicare and the health care law and almost $40 billion in unrequested money for overseas war-fighting operations top the agenda as congressional negotiators meet Monday, April 20 to begin ironing out a Republican budget blueprint for next year and beyond. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to approve a compromise Republican budget that makes deep cuts in spending while boosting Pentagon accounts by an additional $38 billion next year.

The House approved the non-binding blueprint last week, and the Senate was scheduled to vote on it Tuesday.

The measure promises to speed repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law. It also would balance the budget in nine years with more than $5 trillion in spending cuts.

Under Washington’s arcane budget process, lawmakers first adopt a budget that’s essentially a visionary document and follow it up with binding legislation to set agency budgets.

Obama insists he’ll block Republicans from boosting the Defense Department’s budget unless they agree to relief for domestic programs as well.

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