U.S. lawmakers ponder stopgap Republican spending bill

Date: Mar 01, 2011

U.S. lawmakers ponder stopgap Republican spending bill

Republicans controlling the House of Representatives are moving quickly to pass stopgap legislation to avoid a partial shutdown of the U.S. government when temporary funding runs out Friday.

Tuesday's measure would keep the government running for two weeks to buy time for the Republican-dominated House, the Democratic-dominated Senate and the Obama White House to try to reach agreement on longer-term legislation to fund the government through the end of the budget year. It's a mild volley in a massive spending battle that promises to go on for months or years.

Republicans want to slash a whopping $60 billion or more from department budgets over the coming months as a down payment on larger cuts later in the year, but are settling for just $4 billion in easy cuts as the price for the two-week stopgap bill.

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