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House votes to prevent closure of government

Published: Thu, March 7, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Republicans pushed legislation through the House on Wednesday to prevent a government shutdown this month while easing the short-term impact of $85 billion in spending cuts — at the same time previewing a longer-term plan to erase federal deficits without raising taxes.

President Barack Obama pursued a different path as the GOP asserted its budget priorities. He arranged to have dinner with several Republican senators at a hotel near the White House in search of bipartisan support for a deficit-cutting approach that includes the higher taxes he seeks as well as savings from Medicare and other benefit programs that they stress.

Any such compromise talks are unlikely to yield fruit for months, if then, although Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of the House Republican budget plan, expressed hope that some progress across party lines might be possible later in the year.

For now, the divided government’s immediate objectives are to prevent a shutdown of federal agencies March 27, at the same time lawmakers and the White House look for ways to ease the impact of across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in less than a week ago.


1ytownsteelman(680 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Our representative Tim Ryan would rather see he government shut down as he voted against this bill. And i am sure that if Harry Reid let this come to the floor for a vote that our Senator Sherrod Brown would also vote to shut down the government.

The people are in favor of the sequester cuts as we see through the Obama scare tactics and know that they can cut the rate of growth and still provide all the services they could last year.

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2redeye1(5666 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It's the Demoncrats who will vote against anything to stop this sequester and then turn around and blame the Republicans. What's really a shame is, that the people of the valley will believe them too.

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