News Summary: House Republicans back budget deal

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2013 at 11:20 am •  Published: December 12, 2013

GETTING IN LINE: House Republicans are getting behind a modest budget deal that promises a temporary halt to budget brinkmanship in Washington and eases automatic budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies for a second straight year.

ABOUT THE DEAL: The bipartisan deal would preserve the bulk of tough agency spending cuts the GOP won in a 2011 showdown with Obama, while greatly reducing the chances of a rerun of the politically debilitating partial government shutdown that the GOP stumbled into in October.

THE OUTLOOK: The measure seems likely to pass Thursday despite the lack of renewed jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, a provision Democrats had sought.

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