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J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press
President Barack Obama's new $4 trillion budget plan is distributed by the Senate Budget Committee as it arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Monday, Feb. 02, 2015. The fiscal blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. Republicans, who now hold the power in Congress, are accusing the president of seeking to revert to tax-and-spend policies that will harm the economy while failing to do anything about soaring spending on government benefit programs.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $4 trillion budget that would boost taxes on higher-income Americans and corporation. It would use the money to get rid of tight budget spending caps, fund an ambitious public works program and provide middle-class tax relief.

Obama's budget, which will set off months of wrangling in Congress, proposes spending $4 trillion — $3.999 trillion before rounding — in the budget year that begins Oct. 1. That's a 6.4 percent increase over projected spending this year. It projects the deficit will decline to $474 billion in 2016.

In a message accompanying the massive budget books, Obama says his proposals are "practical, not partisan." But even before the books were delivered, Republicans found plenty to criticize in tax hikes totaling $2 trillion.