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Republicans may not have the votes for more spending cuts

August 12, 2017 7:51 PM
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After years of Republican demands that any increase in the federal government’s borrowing limit be paired with corresponding spending cuts, leaders in Congress appear to lack the votes to pass those cuts, even with total GOP control in Washington.

White House officials have called on Congress to forgo a political fight and increase the debt limit by the Sept. 29 deadline without attaching any controversial legislation. That decision means alienating conservatives who have demanded spending cuts, likely forcing leaders to turn to Democrats to ...

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