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The federal budget passed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday will saddle millions of Americans with increased taxes, underscoring Democrats' failure to control spending and check entitlement programs, Sen. Judd Gregg said.

"We have a document that shows the differences between the parties," he said.

In an interview from Washington, Gregg blasted Democrats for not dealing with the $66 trillion in unfended liabilities for entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

The Republican also faulted lawmakers for crafting a "political document" that doesn't force Congress to take up the 12 appropriation bills by Oct. 1, which would enable money to be spent.

Instead, senators supporting the budget are content with a continuing resolution allowing agencies to spend at current levels until the appropriation bills are taken up with the next president, Gregg said.

Democrats authored the budget without Republican input, said Gregg, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. And while there's always hope the process would be more bipartisan, "that was not the course taken by our colleagues on the other side of the aisle."

The $3 trillion budget passed on a 48-45 vote, and the House of Representatives is expected to pass the measure this week, according to news reports.

Sen. John Sununu, a Republican, joined the senior senator from New Hampshire in opposing the budget.

"With this budget, the Democrats have again underscored how out of touch they are with the financial pressures that families in New Hampshire and across America face every day," he said in a statement. "With consumers paying record prices at the pump and facing higher food bills at the checkout counter, we should be cutting taxes, not proposing the largest tax increase inAmerican history. ..."

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee criticized Sununu for voting against investments in clean energy, tax cuts to support the middle class and increased aid to veterans' programs.

Gregg pointed to Department of Treasury data showing the increased tax burden Americans will face under the new budget, once existing tax breaks expire.

Forty-three million families with children will owe $2,300 more in taxes, while 18 million senior citizens will owe $2,200 more and 27 million small business owners will owe $4,100 more, he said. Plus, more than 7.8 million low-income workers be added back to the tax rolls.

The budget would eliminate deficits by 2012 but puts off action on taxes and the growing costs of health and retirement benefits, the Associated Press reported. 

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