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First Budget Plan from Democrats in Four Years

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Calling it "a balanced and fair approach" to solving the nation's red ink, Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray on Wednesday officially unveiled the Democrats' budget proposal that focuses on both spending cuts and boosting tax revenue.

Murray said the plan would stand in marked contrast to what Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan proposed the day before, adding, "The American people...are going to be able to decide which approach is best for our economy, best for jobs and best for the middle class."

Essentially, the blueprint is what President Obama envisioned although it's highly unlikely any Republican will jump on board.

Among other things, the Ryan plan calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act, eventually switching over Medicare to a voucher system and establishing two tax brackets at 10 percent and 25 percent.

Murray, a Washington Democrat, and her colleagues don't propose any of that.  The first budget offered since 2009 calls for eliminating tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy and corporations and spending more on roads and schools to boost jobs and protect the middle-class.

The Democrats' goal is to protect the Holy Trinity of entitlements: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid with some modest reforms to make them viable for future generations.

Essentially, $1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years would be matched by the same amount in new revenue.  In addition to slicing $275 billion from Medicare and Medicaid, $240 billion would be cut from the Pentagon budget through 2013.

Murray told reporters, "That is a responsible approach.  It's a balanced and fair approach.  It's the one endorsed by bipartisan groups and experts, and it's the one supported by the vast majority of the American people."

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Super Committee on the Edge of a Cliff? Talks Reach Tense Moment

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- With just two weeks until its deadline to reach agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion from the federal deficit over the next 10 years, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction reached a tense and prickly moment on Wednesday.

The so-called Super Committee's 12 members last met for a full meeting more than a week ago.  There are currently no additional meetings scheduled, and one Republican aide described the situation as the critical moment right before negotiations could potentially fall apart.

Reports of a complete breakdown of the Super Committee swept through Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Democrats on the Super Committee have walked away from working on a deal.

Paul, who is not a member of the supercommittee, told ABC News that the six Democrats are "no longer negotiating."

When asked about the status of the negotiations, Sen. Patty Murray, the Democratic co-chairwoman of the committee, told ABC News while leaving the Senate floor on Wednesday that the reports of Democrats walking away from negotiations are not true.

"We haven't stepped away from anything," said Murray, D-Wash.  "There's a lot of conversation and a lot of work going on."

Aides said that although there were no full meetings with all 12 members of the Super Committee scheduled, smaller side meetings are taking place on a regular basis.

Capitol Hill sources quietly suggested this week that Democrats refused bipartisan meetings of the full committee for the last several days until Republicans come up with what the Democrats consider a "serious" counter-offer.

Murray would not specifically address that claim, but said both parties are working with an acute awareness of the Nov. 23 deadline.

A Senate aide with knowledge of the inner-workings of the Super Committee would not characterize the Democrats as walking away from the table, and stressed that smaller breakaway meetings continue.  The aide said that if there was a reason for the full committee to meet, they would.

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Super Committee Co-Chairs in 'Serious Discussions' over Group's Operation

Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) -- The co-chairs of the super committee formed to reduce the federal debt issued a joint statement Wednesday saying that they have been in “serious discussions” on the rules of the Joint Committee’s operation, including setting up formal meeting times and that committee members are busy reviewing the deficit reduction work that others have worked on over the past years.
The co-chairs, Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Representative Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, say that during the August recess they have been “working together” to ensure that the committee has “every opportunity to succeed.”
“In our capacity as co-chairmen, we are engaging in serious discussions to determine what set of rules will govern the committee’s operation, examining a schedule of potential meetings and exploring how to build a committee staff that will help us achieve success,” the co-chairs write in a paper statement. “Additionally, most of the committee members are reviewing the deficit reduction work that many others have engaged in over the past several years.”
The co-chairs say they are “eager to engage one another as we begin our work,” although no formal meetings with the 12-member bipartisan super committee have been scheduled yet. Likely, the super committee will meet for the first time when the House and Senate is back in session after the Labor Day holiday, during the first week in September.
“We encourage our colleagues to participate in active and useful dialogue across the aisle and among our respective caucuses as we continue to work through this process.”
The committee has until Thanksgiving to come to an agreement on a plan to achieve a $1.5 trillion cut to the deficit over the next decade. If they do not, the trigger options, negotiated during the debt ceiling deal would take effect.

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Washington Sen. Patty Murray To Head DSCC For 2012 Election Cycle

Photo Courtesy - Office of Sen. Patty Murray(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., will take the helm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a Democratic source familiar with the decision confirmed on Tuesday.

Murray, who previously served as DSCC chair during the 2002 election cycle, is likely to face a difficult challenge heading into 2012. Out of a total of 33 open Senate seats, 21 are currently held by Democrats and two by independents that caucus with the Democrats -- a favorable ratio for Republicans who are eyeing control of the chamber.

The Washington state lawmaker, who narrowly won her fourth term in the Senate this year in a race against GOP challenger Dino Rossi, will succeed New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez as the head of the committee charged with getting Democrats elected to the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reportedly had a hard time filling the job. Several other picks, including Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Chuck Schumer of New York, either turned down the position or said they would not accept it.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, plans to remain chairman of DSCC’s GOP counterpart -- the National Republican Senatorial Committee -- through 2012.

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Murray Defeats Rossi in Washington; Re-elected for a Fourth Term

Photo Courtesy - Murray [dot] Senate [dot] Gov(SEATTLE) -- Democrats now hold a three-seat majority in the U.S. Senate, thanks in part to Sen. Patty Murray's declared victory over Republican opponent Dino Rossi Thursday evening.  With the win, the Democratic senator from Washington state will be headed to Congress for a fourth term.

Murray told supporters gathered for her victory speech that she'll be busy when she goes back to Washington, D.C.

"We'll have a chance to talk to the new members and the returning members to make a determination of how to move forward," she said.  "My priority will be to make sure that our middle class families get what they need, including making sure that we extend the state sales tax deduction."

Murray added that she'll be able to handle a mixed majority in Congress, saying, "I have been in the minority, I have been in the majority, I have been 50-50, I've been in both houses Republican controlled and both houses Democratic controlled.  I'm always able to find willing partners on the other side of the aisle."

The senator's speech came shortly after she got a concession call from Rossi, who congratulated her but also encouraged her to consider making changes to the health care reform bill.

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Murray's Lead Widens, but Thousands of Votes Remain to Be Counted

Photo Courtesy - Murray [dot] Senate [dot] Gov(SEATTLE) -- Massive voter turnout in the Democratic stronghold of Seattle has Sen. Patty Murray’s campaign feeling confident that another week of ballot counting will dramatically widen her slim lead over Republican challenger Dino Rossi.

About seven in 10 registered voters cast ballots in King County, home to nearly a third of the state’s voters, and so far they overwhelmingly have supported Murray.  Another 145,000 ballots arrived Wednesday in that one county.

As all counties across the state reported vote totals Wednesday night, Murray expanded her lead to 24,834 votes from 14,005 votes Wednesday morning.

“We expect Sen. Murray to win this election in the next few days by a comfortable margin,” state Democratic Party chief Dwight Pelz told reporters on a conference call Wednesday.

The foundation of the Murray team’s confidence lies in 300,000 or so ballots they say remain uncounted in deep-blue Seattle.  But the Rossi campaign said its candidate, too, benefited from a huge turnout in the more Republican areas of the state, and insisted far more uncounted votes remain in the Republican-leaning areas that make up most of the state outside Seattle.

“The bottom line is there's still nearly 600,000 ballots left to count,” Rossi campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Morris told ABC News.

King County, she said, has only 171,000 outstanding votes –- not the 300,000 claimed by Murray’s campaign.

“We expect to add 65,000 more [Thursday] and 65,000 again on Friday,” county Elections Director Sherril Huff said in a statement released late Wednesday.  "By the end of the week, we should have counted about 72 percent of the ballots returned in this election."

That means it will be at least next week before a final vote count is tabulated on the remaining votes in King County and the rest of the counties in Washington state.

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