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CNNMoney: Budget battle: Neither side blinks
On Day 157 of operating without a full budget, and with 13 days to go before the latest short-term fix expires, lawmakers appear no closer to a deal to keep the government running. Lawmakers stuck to entrenched positions Sunday, with Republicans insisting on spending cuts nearly 10 times larger than the $6.5 billion offered by the White House. The apparent stall comes in the wake of a closed-door negotiating session on Thursday, when President Obama sent Vice President Joe Biden, budget director Jacob Lew and Chief of Staff William Daley to hammer out a plan with top lawmakers from both parties.
Politico: GOP frosh study up at budget camp
Republican leaders have been running something of a budget boot camp for the 87 members of their freshman class in hopes of getting them to the point they can pitch the GOP’s 2012 blueprint to their constituents back home. In a normal year, the complexities of a budget plan are tough enough to explain to rank-and-file House members, most of whom are focused on more narrow issues. But this year, Republican leaders promise to address politically charged entitlement programs — such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — when they unveil their budget in the next few weeks. To do it, they’ll need the votes of freshman lawmakers who have at times conflated various budget-related issues, including the fiscal 2011 appropriations bills, the fiscal 2012 budget and the looming vote to increase the debt ceiling.