|by Susan Davis, USA TODAY|
Seeking to balance competing demands from deficit and defense hawks,
The House voted 105-319 against the initial blueprint authored by House Budget Chairman
"This is an absolutely vital substitute," Price said of the budget with additional defense funds.
The unorthodox approach underscored the tug of war within the party between members focused on ending deficit spending and those who want to protect the
"Their priorities and values are all wrong," said Maryland Rep.
Military officials and their congressional allies say the cuts undermine national security needs, but some budget hawks have praised the reductions as a tough but effective way to cut
Some lawmakers view lawmakers' use of the war account as a budgetary gimmick that allows
Price, who succeeded Rep.
It is the first time in nearly a decade that Republicans control both chambers of
It will be politically difficult for either chamber to accept the other's budget plan. The budget resolution does not have the force of law, but it does set spending levels for the next fiscal year, which is critical to approving the 12 annual spending bills.
A joint agreement could also include language that opens up a legislative pathway Republicans want to use to try again to repeal Obamacare because it would be protected from a Democratic filibuster in the
Democrats, largely left out of the majority-driven budget process, have expressed skepticism that Republicans can overcome their divisions and pass a budget. "I think (Republicans) will find it ultimately to be bad news because I think they will have great difficulty getting agreement with the
Senate Democrats are also using their ability to offer amendments to force votes that could cause eventual campaign headaches for Republicans.
For instance, Senate Republicans voted 46-53 Wednesday to block an amendment by Sen.