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House GOP pulls its budget punches
GOP pulls its budget punches as follow up legislation advances on Capitol Hill
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Republicans controlling the House are opting for the politically safe route as they follow up their tightfisted, tea party-driven budget with less controversial steps to cut spending.

Instead of big reductions in Medicaid and Medicare, top GOP lawmakers are sticking mostly with familiar proposals like cutting money for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and federal employee pensions while reaching out to Democrats to help pass annual spending bills.

At issue is follow-up legislation to the sweeping budget document that passed the House last month. Under Congress' arcane budget process, it's simply a nonbinding blueprint that sets the terms for follow-up legislation.



The broader GOP plan, by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan also calls for cutting budgets for domestic agencies $19 billion below last summer's bipartisan budget and debt deal.


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