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   Democrats abruptly drop spending fight

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12/16/2010 10:00 pm

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Andy Sullivan

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Reuters

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Entered 12/16/2010, Updated 12/16/2010

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Democrats abruptly abandoned a fight over spending on Thursday and said they would instead extend government funding on a temporary basis, a move that gives Republicans a greater chance to enact the deep cuts they have promised. The surprise agreement looked likely to end a high-stakes game of chicken that could have led to a shutdown of wide swaths of the government if Congress had not agreed on a spending bill by Saturday night. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said nine Republicans had agreed to back the bill but their support evaporated in recent days. Lacking the votes to advance the measure, Reid said he would agree to a Republican proposal to temporarily extend government funding beyond the Saturday deadline. Like President Barack Obama's $858 billion tax deal that is poised to clear Congress, the tentative spending deal reflects the new clout Republicans enjoy in Washington after a sweeping victory in November's congressional elections. Democrats had hoped to pass the $1.1 trillion spending bill before January, when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives and hold more seats in the Senate.


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