Thursday, February 10, 2011

Republican says government shutdown possible, as GOP tensions grow

Washington (CNN) - A top Republican on the House Appropriations Committee said Thursday that the fight to cut spending could lead to a government shut down.

"I know that that's not something leadership wants to do. Is it a possibility? Yes, it is a possibility, but we're going to do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen," Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Utah, told reporters off the House floor.

Simpson, who chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee, is the highest ranking Republican to go that far in suggesting a government shut down could happen.

Conservatives are forcing House GOP leaders to cut more spending this year than they had planned in order to live up to the Republican pledge to cut $100 billion in spending before the end of the year...........

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