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Ryan’s Sequester Replacement bill heads to the floor

A proposal sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that would avert the coming budget sequester by replacing it with other spending cuts is expected to come to the House floor Thursday.
The bill, introduced in late April, would find over $240 billion in reductions from domestic and entitlement programs over the next decade in order to avoid most a slate of cuts to the Defense Department designed to take effect on the first of next year under the Budget Control Act.
It emerged from committee May 7 and is likely to pass in the House, though it likely won’t fare so well in the Senate.
The situation may get more complex once the bill hits the floor this week, however: The Hill reports late Wednesday that Democrats, led by House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) may introduce their own amendment to Ryan’s bill, finding a separate slate of cuts in farm subsidies and imposing taxes on wealthy Americans.
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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hopeâ??s email is HHodge@eaglepub.com

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