House progressives' budget may be incorporated into unified Democratic alternative 

On Thursday, I wrote about a budget proposal the Congressional Progressive Caucus came up with as a liberal alternative to Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan's plan. Since then, the co-chair of the caucus told me that that they would try to integrate their ideas into the proposal being planned by the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

“We’re also talking with Van Hollen and the budget committee about the possibility of incorporating some of our items in the progressive budget into one budget, which is what leadership wants to come from our side,” Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Raul Grivalja, D-Ariz., said on Thursday.

Grivalja said the progressives would be in talks with Democrats on the Budget Committee on Thursday and Friday.

“Given what progress we make in those discussions we may see one budget," he said. "If not, then our caucus has to decide whether we’re filing our own or not.”

Their budget promises to achieve balance primarily by cutting military spending and raising taxes to a historical record of 22.3 percent of the economy. Van Hollen has said his Democratic alternative budget would be released next week.

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