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Congress charts new collision course over deficit

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Congress charts new collision course over deficit

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2013, file photo, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., center right, stands with his family for a ceremonial photo with Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, center left, in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol after the new 113th Congress convened in Washington. The nation’s sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that includes new taxes, and House Republicans vow to speed up their plan to balance the federal budget with spending cuts alone. "The American people will have a chance to compare the two approaches," said Franks, who wants deep spending cuts and no new taxes. The only way to shrink the government, he said, "is to choke the monster." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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