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Democrats Dig In on Spending Bill

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But House Republican leaders may be tempted to roll back spending under the agreement, which sets fiscal 2011 discretionary spending at $1.043 trillion — the level set in the August debt ceiling agreement. But the 48 Republicans who voted against the CR did so largely because they want to spend at the $1.019 trillion level set out in House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget resolution, which the House adopted in April.

House Republicans are expected to hold a Conference meeting today to discuss the details of a CR agreement that could win 218 votes on the floor and be sent to the Senate. The current CR expires on Sept. 30, and Members are scheduled to adjourn Friday for a weeklong recess. Even if Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is able to craft a new bill that could win a majority of votes, Reid plans to offer an amendment that would nearly double emergency funding in the measure. It’s unclear whether the Nevada Democrat actually has the votes to pass such a measure, but Senate Democrats maintain that the failed vote in the House strengthened their hand.

The gamesmanship between the two chambers has revived fears of another showdown over a government shutdown. Wednesday night, House GOP leaders tried to downplay the chances of a shutdown, however.

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