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Toughest budget measures advocated by GOP likely to go back on shelf in follow-up legislation
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The most powerful prescriptions of a tough GOP budget plan, like a dramatic restructuring of Medicare and big cuts to domestic programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and transportation appear destined to go back on the shelf almost as soon as the measure is passed this week.
Instead, lawmakers will advance more pedestrian, politically safe goals: passing a routine round of annual spending bills as well as a special budget bill that would block automatic spending cuts to the Pentagon and domestic agencies from taking effect in January.
House Republicans would substitute a larger set of spending cuts ' but ones that would take effect more slowly.
The result? A higher deficit in the coming budget year than if Congress simply put the government on autopilot and went home.