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House Republicans backing off to avoid debt standoff
House Republicans backing off to avoid debt standoff

WASHINGTON — With another major fiscal deadline looming at month's end, House Republicans are preparing to seek only modest concessions from President Obama to raise the nation's debt ceiling and will instead try to press their political advantage on other issues. The strategy is a stark reversal from 2011, when the new House Republican majority pushed a partisan debt standoff that led to a historic downgrade in the nation's credit rating. Republicans bore the brunt of public blame for both the downgrade and last year's 16-day government shutdown. The latest Republican approach reflects the diminished influence of hard-line conservatives and concern about...

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