Panel to advance budget plan despite conservative rebellion

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ A key House panel is pressing ahead with a 10-year balanced budget plan that relies on a familiar menu of cuts to federal health care programs, agency budgets, and a broad swath of domestic programs to address the nation’s debt problem _ despite conservative opposition that promises to stall the measure later on.

The Budget Committee vote later Wednesday would ready the GOP fiscal plan for a floor vote, but it’s looking increasingly likely that the blueprint won’t pass there because conservatives don’t want to support higher spending for the operating budgets of the Pentagon and domestic Cabinet agencies as agreed to in last year’s budget deal with President Barack Obama.

The situation is a blow to House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said it reflects an anxious electorate.