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GOP to Try Two-Week Spending Bill

Stopgap measure is pro-rated version of original plan
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 24, 2011 8:30 AM CST

(Newser) – With no way to get their $61 billion in cuts through the Senate, House Republicans are now pushing a two-week stopgap spending plan in hopes of preventing a government shutdown. The new measure is to be a pro-rated version of the original plan, which means it will include some $4 billion in cuts over the two weeks, Politico reports. The GOP wants to "leave the hot potato" in "Harry Reid's hands," writes Jonathan Allen.

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"It’s up to Sen. Reid to tell Americans what—if anything—he’s willing to cut," said a rep for John Boehner. But Reid’s office slammed the plan, calling it "nothing more than the same extreme package the House already handed the Senate, just with a different bow. This isn’t a compromise, it’s a hardening of their original position. It isn't going to fool anyone." (Read more John Boehner stories.)

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