By Associated Press - Thursday, July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on congressional budget talks (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

A Senate panel led by Republicans has rejected President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash foreign aid and domestic spending.

The Appropriations Committee approved its own spending plan on a party-line vote Thursday.

Funding for education, housing, transportation, homeland security and energy would all receive increases over the current year. An additional $3 billion would come from a trust fund that’s supposed to be dedicated to crime victims.

Trump had proposed a 32 percent cut in foreign aid. The committee would provide roughly $11 billion more than the administration wanted, for a total of $51.2 billion.

The Senate panel’s action is in sharp contrast to the House, where Republicans are pushing budget and spending plans that would increase the Pentagon’s budget by about $70 billion and cut most domestic agencies,


3:40 a.m.

A Republican budget blueprint that would begin to clear a path for a GOP effort to overhaul the tax code this fall is headed to an uncertain fate after winning a key committee vote.

The Budget Committee plan faces opposition from both hard-core conservatives and more moderate Republicans even as it advanced through the GOP-controlled panel on a 22-14 party-line vote late Wednesday. It remains short of the votes required to pass through the House and advance to the Senate, where further complications await.

To most Republicans, the most important element of the plan is the procedural pathway it would clear to allow Republicans to pass their top priority - an overhaul of the tax code - later this year without fear of a blockade by Senate Democrats.

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