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McCarthy back to start with budget

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WASHINGTON -- As the Senate marched ahead Wednesday with a bipartisan approach to prevent a government shutdown, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is back to square one -- asking his hard-right Republicans to do what they said they would never do: approve their own temporary House measure to keep the government open. The Republican speaker laid out his strategy Wednesday behind closed doors, urging his unruly Republican majority to work together. He set up a test vote Friday, one day before Saturday's shutdown deadline, on a far-right bill. It would slash federal spending by 8% from many agencies and toughen border security but was rejected by President Joe Biden, Democrats and his own right-flank Republicans. Pressed Wednesday on how he would pass a partisan Republican spending plan that even his own right flank doesn't want, McCarthy had few answers. He rejected the Senate's bipartisan bill. Congress is at a crossroads days before a disruptive federal shutdown that would halt paychecks for millions of federal workers and the military and close down many federal offices. Love 0 Funny 0 Wow 0 Sad 0 Angry 0 Tags Politics Legislation Job Market Government Departments And Ministries Armed Forces Be the first to know Get local news delivered to your inbox! Sign up! * I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

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