Congress's Spending Debate Won't End With Debt Ceiling

The drama isn't over after the debt ceiling showdown.

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Although the House already has its negotiating position set through the appropriations bills it's already passed, conservatives could push harder for even more spending cuts as negotiations continue, says Max Pappas, vice president of public policy at FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy organization. So, in addition to reducing funding for agencies such as Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency, conservatives could try again for serious cuts in all 12 areas. "With a trillion and a half dollar deficit, if they're serious about cutting spending, they need to consider cuts in all of them," he says.

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