US: Republicans hold democrats at ransom
15 December 2011, 17:26
Washington - Republicans introduced a $915 billion spending bill early on Thursday in an attempt to force Democrats to finalize legislation that would keep the U.S. government operating beyond the weekend.
Only two days are left until a temporary funding measure expires and the government is forced to shut down major services run by the departments of defense, education, health and labour. But Republican and Democratic lawmakers are fighting over how to extend an expiring payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans.
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