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Resetting The Debate


That's another way of saying that thanks to those fiscal cliff negotiations, the Senate Dems' budget will actually be to the left President Obama's most recent tax and spending offer to House and Senate Republicans.

That might sound surprising, particularly given the Democrats' tenuous grip on the Senate going into 2014. But in a divided Congress like this one, a budget resolution is little more than an opening bid, and if you're still under the impression that a "grand bargain" is still attainable -- as Democrats apparently are -- then resetting the scales, just like House Republicans did, is the right way to go.

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Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com