Budget fight and squabble over energy riders intensify as shutdown nears

ClimateWire: Congress lurched closer to a government shutdown yesterday when negotiations stumbled over cuts to energy spending and other programs before temporary federal funding expires on Friday. President Obama stepped into the debate yesterday and objected to a Republican plan to extend current spending for one week, through April 15, while slashing $12 billion between now and then. Among those cuts, $632 million would come from energy and water programs. Obama insisted yesterday that the measure be abandoned,......

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