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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republicans overwhelmed the Democrats and pushed a $1.94 trillion budget for 2002 through the House on Wednesday, as President Bush's blueprint for tax cuts and curtailed spending cleared its first major congressional hurdle.

The vote was a near party-line 222-205. Though devoid of suspense because of the GOP's thin but unified majority, Republicans hailed their victory as a triumph for their view of government.

``The choice is between two visions,'' said House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas. ``A vision of bigger and bigger government, a choice between larger and larger taxes or a choice of smaller government that trusts the people.''

The House roll call, though, was but a warmup for a rougher test next week in the evenly divided Senate. There, the GOP not only faces near-lockstep Democratic opposition, but some moderate Republicans have said Bush's 10-year, $1.6 trillion tax cut is too big and his proposed spending restraints too stingy.

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