GOP offers fix for budget

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Mr. Schuh said the slots plan also calls for auctioning the hold rate, or the percentage of revenue retained by the licensee.

The slots debate, which has been divisive over the past five years, already has been prominent in discussions about how to address the deficit. But it’s not clear if lawmakers will be able to reach a breakthrough this time.

Though Republicans are outnumbered in the House, Mr. O'Donnell said the party wants to offer an alternative, instead of sitting back and merely lobbing “rhetorical bombs.”

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