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House signs bill to avert government shutdown

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Lawmakers headed to their home districts, after passing a bill to head off a government shutdown.

The bill will keep the wheels of government turning until September and also gives some government agencies more flexibility as they implement the massive budget cuts that kicked-in March 1st. The House also passed Congressman Paul Ryan long-term Republican budget plan, who took to the floor to call on the President to deliver his.

The Ryan plan passed without a single House Democrat vote. It balances the budget with spending cuts alone.

Senate Democrats are working on passing their own budget that mixes spending cuts and tax hikes.

Independent Senator Angus King agrees, and says compromise is possible.

House Speaker John Boehner still insists there will be no deal if the President tries to raise taxes.

The White House says it will present its budget on April 8th.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers still face furloughs because of the automatic budget cuts.

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