House GOP pushes through historic spending cuts

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Now, that March 4 deadline looms ever larger. Congress is on a weeklong vacation in honor of George Washington’s birthday, and when it reconvenes, Senate leaders have said they will tackle the thorny issue of patent law, leaving the fate of the spending bill in limbo.

Without a new spending bill, the government would shut down.

Congress could pass another short-term stop-gap bill, but even there, Republicans and Democrats disagree. House Speaker John A. Boehner has said any such bill would also have to include spending cuts, and Democratic leaders accused him of taking an antagonistic line.

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