W.H. escalates budget war with Hill GOP

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The post-election budget wars suddenly felt closer Wednesday, as the White House threw down the gauntlet on appropriations and House Republicans voted to shift tens of billions of dollars from poverty programs to help stave off automatic cuts threatening the Pentagon in January. In a remarkable display of power -- and political theater -- three House committees moved in unison to implement an array of new cuts at the expense of food stamps, social service block grants to the states and child tax credit refunds for working-class, often Latino parents who lack a Social Security number.

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