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Shutdown clock is ticking, GOP compete for the spending deal

WASHINGTON – the Republicans who control Congress have struggled to come up with a must-pass measure to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.

House GOP leaders short of the votes cast, and have scrapped plans to combine a short-term spending bill with $ 81 billion worth of disaster aid and a $658 billion Pentagon funding measure.

Conservatives are angry at the price for the hurricane support, and their pressure has sent GOP leaders back to the drawing board.

Democrats argue for a two – or three-week temporary spending bill that pushes a number of unresolved issues — including disaster aid in the new year.

The house of representatives Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders have not yet announced a course of action.

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