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UPDATE: Time short, tempers flare in federal budget showdown

Published 03/28/2011, Associated Press

UPDATED 5:08 P.M.
Democrats have readied a proposal to cut $20 billion more from this year's budget, a party official said, but they haven't yet sent it to House Republicans. That's because they say it's unclear whether the majority Republicans would accept a split-the-difference bargain they'd earlier hinted at or will yield to demands of tea party-backed GOP freshmen for a tougher measure.

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