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Recess Fight Over GOP Budget A Preview Of Fall Races

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File photo of the US Congress building, seen in early November. (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of the US Congress building, seen in early November. (Photo by MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Democrats and Republicans in Congress can’t agree on a budget, but there’s no disagreement about using the House GOP spending plan to highlight an election-year divide.

President Barack Obama has called the GOP blueprint a backward “radical vision” and “thinly veiled social Darwinism” that would let many people struggle while the rich benefit.

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans say their plan is a sober approach to dealing with out-of-control government spending and higher taxes in an era that demands fiscal austerity.

From town halls to job fairs to meet-and-greets with voters during Congress’ two-week recess, Democrats and Republicans focused on the budget in a preview of the seven-month campaign to November.

Both parties say they expect the budget to be an issue in the fall.

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