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House GOP Dusts Off Old Budget Ideas To Replace Automatic Cuts

When they return to Capitol Hill next week, Republicans on key House committees are expected to take up earlier proposals as they look for ways to replace some of the automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect in January. Members of the House Judiciary Committee will make another go at revamping medical liability laws.

Reuters: House Panels Turn Budget Axe To Automatic Cuts
Republicans in six House of Representatives committees next week will dust off their past proposals for reducing the deficit as they try to replace some of the automatic spending cuts set to take place in January... Expected targets for cuts include food stamps, farm subsidies and crop insurance, federal employee pensions and health care. A repeal of President Barack Obama's health reform law would prevent new coverage expenses from occurring from 2014 (Lawder, 4/12).

Politico Pro: House Judiciary To Take Up Med Mal – Again
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up a bill Tuesday that overhauls the nation’s medical liability laws, even though it has already cleared the legislation twice before — and the full House passed it only last month as part of a package to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The move, confirmed by sources on and off Capitol Hill, indicates that House Republicans want to use the bill’s nearly $46 billion in scored savings to meet the savings targets the committee must achieve under Paul Ryan’s budget resolution (DoBias, 4/12).

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