House and Senate Republicans are about to face their next major test in the majority: approving the same budget blueprint.
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The blueprint itself is non-binding and doesn’t require a presidential signature. But it does set fiscal guidelines for bills that President Obama would have to sign. Those guidelines, in turn, comprise a framework for spending bills and also, possibly, legislation that attempts to unravel parts of ObamaCare, reforms the tax code or raises the debt ceiling.
Republicans last approved a budget conference agreement in 2005 when Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was Speaker and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) was Senate majority leader.