GOP moderates push back on tea party spending cuts


Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own.
It's a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly shrink defense and domestic programs.
Tea party forces may have dominated the House GOP's approach to the budget so far. But pragmatists in the party have served notice they won't stand idly by for indiscriminate spending cuts to politically popular community development grants, education programs and even Amtrak.
Voting in the spring for the tea party budget developed by Rep. Paul Ryan, who was Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate last year, was one thing. But as long as a Democrat is in the White House, Ryan's budget is little more than a nonbinding wish list.

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