POLITICS -- March 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM ET
Tea Party Poses a Dilemma for Boehner in Budget Battle
As the clock ticks once again toward the government shutdown deadline - April 8 - the NewsHour asked Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the Takeaway radio program from Public Radio International and WNYC, to explain the influence of the Tea Party-inspired Republican freshman in the House of Representatives.
Zwillich says that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has to negotiate between a Senate, controlled by Democrats, and the Tea Party contingent in the House, which has demanded big spending cuts.
This spending debate will continue into next week, as House and Senate leaders negotiate behind closed doors on how to narrow an approximately $50 billion gap in proposed spending cut levels. You'll be able to follow the major developments here on the Rundown.
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