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House Republicans signal support for budget deal

Posted: December 11, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress’ erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans’ attitudes about their lawmakers.

“There’s a lot to like about it,” said one GOP congressman, John Fleming of Louisiana, as he emerged from a caucus meeting.

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said most Republicans would back the deal worked out by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and applauded by the White House.

The House plans to vote by week’s end before it adjourns for the year on Friday.

Read more in Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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