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For Obama, an election-year budget without drama

March 2, 2014 • National News


FILE – In this April 8, 2013, file photo, printed copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed budget plan for fiscal year 2014 are prepared for binding at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, Monday, April 8, 2013. Six years into his presidency, Obama is unveiling a budget on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, for fiscal year 2015 that for once does not herald a partisan legislative showdown. There’s no push to overhaul health care as he did in 2009, no drive as in 2010 to restrict Wall Street, or to increase taxes as in 2011 and 2012, or to halt automatic spending cuts as in 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is sending Congress a budget that for once does not herald a partisan legislative showdown.

There’s no push to overhaul health care as he did in 2009, no drive as in 2010 to restrict Wall Street, no attempt to increase taxes as in 2011 and 2012, no move to halt automatic spending cuts as in 2013.

Politically speaking, this is a peacetime budget in an election year, when the most meaningful fights will take place during congressional campaigns, not on the floors or the House and Senate.

As such, Obama’s budget, to be released Tuesday, will offer a template for Democratic political messaging.

To the delight of Democrats, this will not be an austerity budget like last year’s. Then, Obama had proposed reducing annual increases in federal benefit programs, a step many Democrats found hard to fathom. The cut was part of Obama’s offer to Republicans for a long-term attack on the nation’s debt, through a Login to read more

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