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Mar 27, 2013 12:00 AM by Erin Schermele - MTN News

Baucus votes against U.S. Senate budget bill

GREAT FALLS - The U.S Senate approved a budget bill on Saturday, which will raise create $1 trillion of tax increases over the span of the next 10 years, and lower the country's deficit.

The budget passed the Senate by one vote. Only four Democrats voted against the bill, including U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT).

"It is too unbalanced for the country and especially too unbalanced for Montana. There's about $1 trillion of additional tax revenue for 10 years called for in that budget, and I don't think that's what Montanans are...and I represent Montana and I want to do what I think people in our state want and also personally...it was not a sufficient balance, therefore I voted against it," Baucus said.

Baucus says he does not, however, support the House version of the budget bill which includes cuts to many programs, such as Medicaid. The House version does not include a tax increase, but it does balance the budget by the next decade.

Baucus says both sides will have to keep working together until a compromise is found.

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