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Republican congressmen oppose newly passed national budget

Both the House and the Senate passed versions of the federal budget before leaving town for their spring recess. But not everyone’s happy with the 3-and-a-half-trillion dollar budget. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Kitty Felde: It’s the budget President Obama wanted and only a handful of Democrats voted against it in either the House or the Senate. Republicans voted together – against the measure. California Congressman Dan Lungren of Sacramento says it spends too much, it borrows too much, and it taxes too much.

Dan Lungren: As the vote was counting down in the last two minutes, an infant was heard to cry out. And I’m not sure whether the infant was in the gallery or someone brought it to the floor. And one of the initial comments was “that child has seen that tax bill he or she will have to pay.”

Felde: The budget measures predict a deficit next year of $1.2 trillion. The budget now moves to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate versions.