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GOP lawmakers see automatic cuts as leverage

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., meets with reporters following a weekly Democratic strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013.

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Driven by frustration over deficits and debt, Republican conservatives are pushing a politically risky move to permit painfully large automatic spending cuts to strike the Pentagon and domestic programs alike in an effort to force Democrats into making concessions on the budget. It's a remarkable turnabout from last year, when GOP leaders were among the loudest voices warning of dire consequences if the across-the-board cuts were allowed to take effect.
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