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Tax Overhaul Off to Rocky Start as Senators Bicker Over Budget

  • Harsh words as Senate takes first step on long road to cuts
  • Paul opposition may not be enough to stop budget enactment
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Passing a budget is the easiest part of Republicans’ plan to get a tax overhaul through the Senate -- and that effort devolved into insults Tuesday as Senators Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham squabbled over defense spending levels.

"Senators McCain and Graham are torpedoing the budget by insisting on busting the budget caps for more spending," Paul of Kentucky said on Twitter. He threatened to vote against the budget, which unlocks a fast-track process to pass a tax bill without having to face a Democratic filibuster.