WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate will vote today on competing plans to trim the budget for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The Republican plan, already approved by the House, would cut $57 billion on top of the $4 billion in cuts that lawmakers approved last week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calls the GOP plan a non starter.
The Democrats' proposal would trim an additional $5 billion or so, which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls embarrassing.
With neither plan expected to get the 60 votes needed to advance, House Republicans are working on another short term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of next week.
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