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Budget Backtrack

Election-year plan gets rid of federal benefit cutbacks

February 21, 2014
By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will propose an election-year budget that would drop reductions he had previously embraced in federal benefits, officials disclosed Thursday. He also will ask Congress to approve about $56 billion in new or expanded programs, stepping back from aggressive efforts to tackle long-term government deficits and debt.

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