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The Senate Budget Committee is considering a Democratic plan for the next fiscal year, as NPR's Craig Windham reports that includes a trillion dollars in spending cuts and an equal amount of new revenue from closing tax loopholes.
Committee Chair Patty Murray says the Democrat's plan is aimed at boosting the economy and creating jobs.
That's why our budget uses equal amounts of responsible spending cuts and new revenue from the wealthiest Americans to fully replace the cuts from sequestration.
Senate majority leader Harry Ried says the plan contrasts sharply with the GOP proposal from House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan.
His budget was roundly defeated last November, I can't imagine why they don't get a new landscape here.
House Speaker John Boehner says congressional republicans appreciate the president reaching out to them.
But just gonna take more than dinner dates and phone calls, Boehner says Obama needs to move beyond democratic dogma to find bipartisan solutions.
Craig Windham, NPR news, Washington.
President Obama is calling on congress to pass the assault weapons ban approved earlier today by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the panel approved the measures strictly along party lines, while Republican John Cornyn says it goes too far.
The bill would infringe upon the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families.
The bill sponsor Democratic Fianne Feinstein disagrees.
No one has presented me with any evidence that a person feels better in self-defense with an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine than with a standard hand gun.
The bill is not expected to survive a full senate vote.
At the Vatican today.
Pope Francis led his first mass for cardinals in the Sistine chapel. Earlier today, the Pontiff stopped by a guest house he had been stay in to pick up a suitcases and pay his bill, he also went to a Roman basilica, dedicated to pray, travelling there on a Vatican car, no limousine, all in keeping with his reputation for frugality and simplicity.
Vice President Joe Biden is getting ready to lead a US delegation to the inaugural mass of the pope, NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Vice President Biden issued an statement, noting the important role the Catholic church plays in his own life and the lives of more than 1 billion people worldwide. Biden says that rule extends not just matters of faith, but also the pursuit of peace and human dignity. President Obama, at his own good wishes, calling the new pope a champion of the poor and most vulnerable among us, the President invited Republican House speaker John Boehner, who is also Catholic, to join the US delegation to Rome, Boehner declines, citing his house duties, but said he is grateful for the invitation and extended his own prayers and regards to pope Francis.
Scott Horsley NPR News, the White House.
Just before the close on Wall Street, the Dow was up more than a half percent, 84 points, and the Nasdaq up 14, this is NPR.
Honda is recalling more than 180, 000 vehicles in the US because of breaking problems, the recalling involves certain models built between 2004 and 2006 including two Acura models and Honda Pilot, the Japanese car makers says miswired electronics can cause the cars to break unexpectedly and no crashes have been reported as result of the defect.
The population of Monarch butterfly is falling to record lows, NPR's Scott Neuman reports some scientists suspect genetically modified crops could be a factor.
The butterfly seen in each spring and summer in many parts of the US spent their winters in central Mexico, where they recover vast stretches of forests, but over the several years, scientists in Mexico have noticed a disturbing trend, the wintering butterflies that used to cover up to 50 square acres on their annual migration now occupy fewer than three acres of forest. Scientists think logging in the Monarch's Mexican habitat has something to do with it, but they also pointed to the heavy use of genetically modified corn and soybeans in the US middle west. The gene crops are designed to resist herbicides and that allowed farmers to wipe out milkweeds, which is the main food source for Monarchs.
Scott Neuman, NPR News, Washington.
Another carnival cruise liner is stranded, this time, though it stuck at a port at the Caribbean island of St. Martin. The company says it's arranging for thousands of passengers aboard the carnival dream to be flown home, a generator problem temporarily disabled elevators and toilets last night, this comes a month after another carnival vessel was stuck at sea for nearly five days.
I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News, Washington.