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Reports: House Dems Object to GOP’s Omnibus Spending Proposal

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Capitol_BuildingRepublican leaders proposed a spending package bill to their Democrat counterparts Tuesday night as Congress faces a Dec. 11 deadline to keep the government funded, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday.

Mike Lillis and Scott Wong write House Democrats oppose more than 30 appropriations riders in the Republicans’ year-end omnibus budget proposal and will make an alternative funding offer.

The Republican bill contains provisions to undo portions of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, revise environmental policies and tighten screening for Syrian and Iraqi refugees, the newspaper reports.

Democrats received the initial GOP budget proposal after a 30-minute conversation between House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Roll Call reported House Appropriations Committee ranking member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) told reporters early Wednesday afternoon that Democrats were close to to finalizing a counteroffer.

Unnamed sources told Roll Call the Republican proposal does not tackle most of the funding levels and provisions agreed upon by appropriations committee staff over the past few weeks.

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