Government Spending

Stopgap Spending Bill Pulled from House Schedule

Divisions within GOP

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A stopgap spending bill to avert a shutdown at the end of this month was pulled from the House schedule Wednesday because of continued Republican divisions over how far to go to challenge President Barack Obama on healthcare reform.

A notice sent out by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) advised members that there will be no vote Thursday as had been expected. Leadership aides insisted that they still hope to act next week. But the GOP is clearly struggling with itself over how best to keep the government operating and placate conservatives who want to cut off all funding for implementing Obama's signature reforms.

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