Writing a budget might divide House Republicans

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Associated Press

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 23 at 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions among Republicans over a budget deal and a shortfall in tax estimates are complicating the House GOP's efforts to advance a spending plan this spring.

Party leaders insist the GOP-controlled House is moving full speed ahead to approve one, but it has fallen behind schedule amid concerns there will be enough votes to pass it.

Doubts exist because Republicans are split by a bipartisan deal from December between the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Republican Paul Ryan, and his Senate counterpart, Democrat Patty Murray of Washington state.

The deal set the spending cap for the 2015 budget year at levels higher than those imposed by a budget and debt agreement from 2011.

Sixty-two House Republicans voted against the Ryan-Murray deal, mostly because they favored lower spending.

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