The Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate have passed rival budgets in the past week.
The Senate budget embraces nearly $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade and shelters the domestic programs House Republicans want to cut. The GOP version would balance the budget over the next decade without raising taxes.
When it comes to the federal workforce, the competing congressional budget plans differ greatly in tone and substance. The House version says federal workers are overpaid and unfairly benefit from a too-generous retirement package. The Senate version says federal employees have “borne the brunt” of recent spending reductions through a pay freeze and the threat of furloughs. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.