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Senate adopts Republican budget targeting Obamacare
Modern Healthcare

The Senate on Tuesday adopted a Republican budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.

The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by a nearly party-line 51-48 vote. The House adopted it last week.

Under Washington’s budget process, lawmakers first adopt a budget that’s essentially a visionary document that sets goals that politicians are often unwilling to pursue. The Republican document also lacks specifics about which programs would be cut, insulating the Senate’s large crop of vulnerable incumbents from taking a more politically dangerous vote.