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WASHINGTON Lawmakers may use a must pass funding bill as a vehicle to inject more flexibility into the way across the board spending cuts are implemented since the reductions kicked in last Friday.
If successful, the effort will have a two fold effect of eliminating the threat of a shutdown when the funding for the government runs out March 27 and giving some federal agencies and programs more breathing room to deal with the $85 billion in cuts, known as the sequester, through the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30.
Reid said the Senate will vote the week after next on its spending package. "I'm cautiously optimistic that we reach a solution before we leave here, before the Easter recess," Reid said.
"Frankly, I wish he'd done more of that over the years," McConnell said about the president's outreach to members of his rank and file. "We've all had very limited interaction with the president. And he certainly doesn't have to go through me to call on my members. And I'm sure he will, and I encourage him to do so.".
The GOP controlled House has rallied around a plan to use the massive $1.043 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 40mm
The strategy recognizes that the unpopular spending cuts are here to stay, despite protestations from the White House and Congress about their effects and efforts to find a more targeted route to deficit reduction.
The Democratic controlled Senate is debating whether to include two additional spending bills, for a total of four individual spending bills, that include funding for the Homeland Security Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among other agencies. The rest of the spending bills would Omega Speedmaster Racing 40mm be implemented under current law.
The cuts took effect Friday because the president and a divided Congress have repeatedly failed to find a long term accord to reduce the deficit. The partisan divide is largely focused on using new revenue to help pay down the deficit, which Democrats support. Republicans are opposed to any new taxes after the $620 billion raised from wealthy Americans in the January deal to avert the "fiscal cliff."
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"caucus of common sense" at Tuesday's media briefing and includes senators such as Bob Corker from Tennessee and Tom Coburn from Oklahoma.
"There seems to be no interest on either side in having a kind of confrontational government shutdown scenario," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R Ky., Tuesday. McConnell said there are ongoing, "very constructive conversations" with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D Nev., as well as Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski, D Md., and Appropriations ranking member Richard Shelby, R Ala., to reach a deal.
rest of the year to attach two individual spending bills to give more flexibility to the Pentagon to implement the cuts. Half of the $85 billion sequester comes out of defense spending. The House will vote Wednesday on its bill, which is likely to pass.
This strategy would provide more flexibility to those agencies covered by the separate bills to shift funding to higher priority projects, while staying under the same budget caps. Under the sequester, all government programs are cut at the same level.
bill but indicated the president would probably sign it if it can pass a divided Congress. "We believe that a CR (continuing resolution) should be practical, it should be non political and it should be consistent with levels of the (budget agreement)."
White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama does not have a position on the spending Omega Speedmaster Watch
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Congress may add flexibility to sequester cutsStory HighlightsCongress looks for ways to provide more flexibility from across the board spending cutsAn emerging strategy would be to fund defense programs under separate legislationThe federal government will run out of money March 27 unless Congress passes a spending bill
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