Boehner protests Obama veto threats on budget

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By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says the White House's veto threats against legislation that implements spending cuts called for by the austere GOP budget plan is "reckless" and would lead to a government shutdown.

The Ohio Republican says the veto threats mean Obama is threatening to shut down the government unless he wins tax increases and higher spending.

The White House said Monday that Obama will veto any legislation implementing the GOP's budget, which endorses spending levels forced by across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration and shifts about $30 billion from non-defense programs to the Pentagon.

Absent a broader agreement, the most likely path to avoiding a partial government shutdown in October would be to pass a stopgap measure. The White House did not directly promise to veto such a measure.

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