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GOP House, Democratic Senate embark on diverging paths on agency budget cuts

WASHINGTON – House Republicans have unveiled slashing cuts to a program that helps localities build community development projects. Their rivals in the Democratic-controlled Senate are moving to restore Republican cuts to international food aid and nutrition help for pregnant women.

Senate Democrats are pressing to restore deep cuts to domestic programs like education, housing, health research and a variety of other programs despite agency budget “caps” which are more than $90 billion below the $967 billion level set under current law.

At issue is Congress’ nuts and bolts budget work — the annual spending bills funding day-to-day agency operations. It’s taking on the appearance of a slow-motion train wreck, with the most likely result being even larger across-the-board cuts than those which were imposed earlier this year.