Republicans now in charge of Congress offer their budget blueprint this week. They're pledging to balance the nation's budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare.
More pressing an issue for many Republicans, however, is easing automatic budget cuts set to slam the military.
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The chairmen of the House and Senate Budget panels plan to release their budget plans on Tuesday and Wednesday. The nonbinding measure called a budget resolution sets broad parameters on taxes and spending.
It requires follow-up legislation later this year to implement its balanced-budget goals, and Republicans are unlikely to take on that task as long as President Barack Obama occupies the Oval Office.