John Boehner Defies Conservatives, Goes Bold on Budget
Speaker John Boehner's newest tack is to go big. Over the next week, the Ohio Republican and his top lieutenants plan to jam two big-ticket items through the House — a show of strength for a leadership team stung by a string a defeats and facing doubts about whether it even can govern. First, to get a budget approved, the Republican leaders intend to employ a parliamentary maneuver to boost defense spending by $20 billion without any corresponding spending cuts. They're betting the move will help break a stalemate between fiscal hardliners and defense hawks.
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