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Senate rejects rival GOP, Democratic budgets

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has rejected competing Republican and Democratic spending bills in a bit of Capitol theatre designed to demonstrate that the combatants must meet somewhere in the middle.

The Democratic-led chamber emphatically rejected a budget-slashing House spending bill as too draconian.

Republicans similarly united against a rival Democratic plan that was derided by moderate Democrats as too timid in its drive to cut day-to-day agency budgets.

The votes to scuttle the competing measures were designed, ironically, to prompt progress.

The idea is to show tea party-backed GOP conservatives in the House that they need to pare back their budget-cutting ambitions at the same time demonstrating to Democratic liberals that they need to budge too.

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