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Writing a budget may divide House GOP
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Divisions among Republicans over a budget deal and a shortfall in tax estimates are complicating the House GOP's efforts to advance a spending plan this spring. Party leaders insist the GOP-controlled House is moving full speed ahead to approve one, but it has fallen behind schedule amid concerns there will be enough votes to pass it. Doubts exist because Republicans are split by a bipartisan deal from December between the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Republican Paul Ryan, and his Senate counterpart, Democrat Patty Murray of Washington state.