Senate Democrats press ahead on spending bills

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are moving ahead with spending bills that ignore a second year of spending cuts mandated under the 2011 budget and debt deal.
   
The appropriations panel added $91 billion to the spending "cap" called for under current law, setting out on a collision course with the GOP-dominated House, which has opted to stick within the spending limits mandated by Washington's inability to follow up the 2011 law with another deficit-reduction deal.
   
The Democratic cap equals what was called for in 2011 and is in line with the budget plan passed that passed the Senate in March, which calls for new taxes and spending cuts to replace the automatic cuts.
   
At issue is the congressional appropriations process in which 12 individual bills set the day-to-day operating budgets of federal agencies.

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