Balancing the Budget 

The spending blueprint would raise taxes for millions of Americans by 683 billion dollars over the next five years. It would also give generous increases to domestic programs.

Maine Democrat Tom Allen is on the House Budget Committee. He says the budget avoids deep cuts to programs important to vulnerable populations. It would also bring the federal budget back into the black by letting all of President Bush’s tax cuts expire at the end of 2010.

Maine Democrat Mike Michaud says he’s glad to see provisions to help get the nation’s fiscal house in order. Michaud says Maine families have to live within their means, and the federal government should be no different.

The Senate’s endorsed extending some tax cuts aimed at low-income workers, married couples and people with children. All three presidential candidates returned to the Senate to cast votes on the plan.