WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans controlling the House are pressing
legislation cutting food stamps, health care and pensions for
federal workers as an alternative to an automatic 10 percent cut
scheduled to hit the military come January.
The butter for guns swap faces a veto threat from the White
House and rejection from the Democratic-controlled Senate, which
say the GOP measure unfairly hits the middle class and the poor.
Democrats are making it plain they expect any effort to turn off
the automatic spending cuts to include additional taxes.
The automatic spending cuts, totaling $98 billion next year in a
new estimate, are punishment for the failure of last year's
deficit-reduction "supercommittee" to strike a deal on stemming
federal red ink.
The resulting deadlock is highly unlikely to be resolved before