Budget scalpel blunted as book detailing program trims is cut

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Indeed, just last month Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, asked the Senate to enact $8 million in cuts from National Heritage Areas a trim Mr. Obama proposed last year and again this year.

Mr. Coburn wanted to take that money and use part of it to reopen the White House to public tours. But the Senate rejected his bid, with lawmakers saying they didn’t want to lose the money going to historic sites in their home states.

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