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Wed May 24, 2017, 07:59 PM

Divided Republicans May Find It Hard To Pass Any Budget

New York Times
May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans greeted President Trump's first full budget on Tuesday with open hesitation or outright hostility.
But it was not clear that they could come up with an alternative that could win over conservatives and moderates while clearing a path for the tax cuts and policies they have promised for years.

The budget battle ahead mirrors the continuing health care fight in which concessions to Republican moderates alienate conservatives, while overtures to conservatives lose moderate votes.

But with Republicans in full charge of the government, the onus is on their leaders to reach a budget agreement in a manner of weeks that would ease passage of the president's promised tax cuts as well as a new spending plan that would reshape the government in a Republican mold.

"It's now up to the Congress to act," Mr. Trump said in his budget message,
"I pledge my full cooperation in ending the economic malaise that has, for too long, crippled the dreams of our people..The time for small thinking is over."

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