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Speaker Boehner says GOP won't allow savings from war drawdowns to go to jobs
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The top Republican in Congress says that he won't permit savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to pay for President Barack Obama's jobs program.
Democrats on the deficit panel proposed last week to use war savings to pay for a $300 billion jobs program along the lines President Barack Obama wants, plus take steps to protect the upper middle class from the alternative minimum tax and extend financing for doctors who treat Medicare patients.
But House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) says war savings "should be banked, should not be used to offset other spending."
The Ohio Republican doesn't say whether war savings could be used to extend expiring tax cuts such as popular business tax breaks or Obama's expensive proposal to renew payroll tax cuts that expire at the end of December.