News Summary: House passes GOP budget plan

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Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 3:07 PM

SHARP CUTS: The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday with sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies.

2013 BUSINESS CLEARED: The battle over the 2014 budget and beyond came as the House cleared away last year's unfinished budget business — a sweeping, government-wide funding bill to keep Cabinet agencies running through the 2013 budget year.

DIVERGENT POSITIONS: Democrats and Republicans have staked out divergent positions over what to do about spiraling federal health care costs and whether to raise taxes to rein in still-steep government deficits.

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