House Republicans will close ranks to pass a budget

GOP factions that have slowed the process of passing a budget are apparently ready to come together to pass a bill that will balance the budget in 10 years while slightly increasing defense spending. Reuters: Some Republican lawmakers want more military spending, while others focus on keeping the budget deficit under control. To overcome these differences, leaders will give lawmakers a choice of plans to vote on in the hope that one will pass. Beginning on Wednesday, the House of Representatives was expected to begin voting on a range of differing budget blueprints, including three from Republicans who now control both chambers of Congress. These call for deep cuts to social safety net programs. Whatever emerges from the Republicans' votes has little to no chance of actually becoming law, but it will help Republican efforts to show they can work together and govern. The Senate also launched debate on its Republican-authored budget on Tuesday, passing non-binding...(Read Full Post)

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