Senate OK clears way for Obama budget


Late Thursday night, the U.S. Senate approved President Obama's $3.5 trillion fiscal 2010 budget, and in the process gave the new president much of what he wanted in his first budgetary proposal.

The Senate easily approved the measure, 55-43, reported Friday, after turning back a plan by U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., which sought to cut spending on most federal programs but increase defense spending and veterans' benefits.

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