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Republican budget proposal passed in House

Hours after President Barack Obama called for Republicans and Democrats to put party politics aside, the Republican-controlled House scraped through a bill by just eight votes, even though Democrats, who control the Senate, had warned that it was unacceptable and “extremist”.

John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House, gave an impassioned appeal to his colleagues in the House to approve his plan, slamming his fist on the podium several times.

“I stuck my neck out a mile to get an agreement with the president of the United States,” he said, referring to failed negotiations with Mr Obama earlier this month

“My colleagues, I can tell you I have worked with the president and the administration since the beginning of this year to avoid being in this spot,” he added. “A lot of people in this town can never say yes.”

With the vote out of the way after two days of high drama, negotiations immediately started on a compromise bill that would be started in the Senate by Democrats and then go back to the House.

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