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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is shown speaking on a monitor about tax cuts during a media briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Photo by Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Pressed by conservatives, White House eyes spending cut plan

WASHINGTON — Conservatives weren’t happy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill President Donald Trump signed in March, and they’ve pressed for cuts ever since.

Now, the White House is finalizing a package of modest cuts — $10 billion-plus — in response.

Republican aides familiar with the emerging spending reductions say they won’t touch that hard-won $1.3 trillion measure, but will instead cut money left over from previous years.

The proposal that’s not yet gone to Congress is largely a project of White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and the second-ranking House Republican, California’s Kevin McCarthy, who hopes to make the jump to speaker if Republicans retain House control after the November election.

The GOP aides spoke on condition about the developments because the spending cut plan hasn’t been finalized.

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