Top GOP Budget Writer Seeks Negotiations on Cuts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A top Republican budget writer says it's unlikely the Senate will go along with steep cuts the House just passed.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says that Republicans and Democrats will have to negotiate to avoid a
government shutdown.

But Ryan insists that the GOP will not agree to even a temporary funding extension that leaves current levels of spending in place.

Legal authority for funding the government runs out March 4, and
lawmakers are on their President's Day recess this week.

Appearing Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," Ryan says that a short-term funding extension is likely but that Republicans will insist that the extension also make some cuts to the budget.

Sen. Chuck Schumer tells CNN's "State of the Union" that lawmakers and aides are poring over the massive budget document passed by the House yesterday morning.

The New York Democrat says they are working on a budget proposal to keep the government running.

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