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House GOP mixes some increases with spending cuts
House GOP mixes some increases with spending cuts as agency budgets advance
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Conservative House Republicans are again going after President Barack Obama's budget to regulate Wall Street, build rural water projects and send food aid overseas as the latest in a series of spending bills get under way.

But even as the GOP spending bills often cut well below current spending and far below Obama's requests, Republicans drafting the measures are displaying a more pragmatic side on some programs.

The Amtrak passenger railroad, long a target of senior Republicans, would actually get a budget boost under a just-released transportation bill. Community development block grants popular with local officials back in lawmakers' districts would get a $400 million, 14 percent increase over current levels.

The House is expected to easily pass a $32 billion measure Wednesday funding energy and water development projects.

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