Monday, December 18, 2017
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GOP seeks curbs in Obama environmental agenda in budget bill

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are pressing for an end to the four-decade ban on exporting crude oil and further curbs on President Barack Obama's environmental agenda as part of a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill.

Days from a Friday midnight deadline, progress has proved elusive for negotiators who also are trying to work out a separate measure to renew dozens of expired tax breaks. The two bills are the major item of unfinished business for this session of Congress.

While the GOP is seeking concessions from the Obama administration and Democrats on the environment, Republicans have dropped demands to cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood and for implementing Obama's marquee health care law.

The spending bill would fill out the details of the October budget deal and fund the day-to-day operating budgets of every Cabinet agency, averting a partial government shutdown. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Monday that Congress may miss the deadline to complete the bill and renew a growing package of tax breaks for both businesses and individuals.

"It might take us more than just this week to get these issues put together correctly," Ryan told a radio station Janesville, Wis., after negotiations over the weekend failed to close out numerous unresolved items.

Ryan's top lieutenant, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said lawmakers may have to work into the weekend, which would likely require a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown at midnight Friday, though the White House indicated Monday that Obama won't sign such legislation unless a long-term bill is in sight.

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