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Schumer: Senate should vote soon on Ryan budget

Laurie Kellman Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer says he wants the Senate to vote soon on the Ryan budget to put Republicans, including presidential running mates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, on the defensive.

The New York Democrat told The Associated Press Thursday that another public discussion and vote, this time on the Senate floor, would force the Republican ticket mates and GOP congressional candidates to defend the proposal’s changes to government aid to seniors and the poor.

Said Schumer of Republicans: “Let ‘em embrace it again.”

A senior Democratic official said no such vote has been set.

The Senate has already voted to reject Ryan’s plan, defeating it by a near party-line 58-41 vote in May.

Schumer spoke a few hours before President Barack Obama was to speak to the Democratic National Convention.

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