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White House praises Senate-passed budget

Posted at: 03/23/2013 1:14 PM
Updated at: 03/23/2013 1:15 PM
By: Associated Press

The White House is praising the $3.7 trillion budget Democrats squeezed through the Senate early Saturday.
    
But spokesman Jay Carney isn't raising too much hope for compromise with the GOP-led House, which previously passed a competing budget that makes deep cuts to social programs.
    
Carney says in a statement issued Saturday morning that the House budget - quote - "refuses to ask for a single dime of deficit reduction from closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and well-connected."
    
He adds that President Barack Obama will work with both sides to see if there is an opportunity to reach a deal.
    
Although his major proposals are well-known, Obama has not yet released his budget for the coming year. That's expected in early April.