GOP leaders halt debate on austere spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House GOP leaders have halted debate on an austere measure that’s stuffed with cuts to transportation and housing programs and community development grants.

GOP aides said there wasn’t enough time in a busy House floor schedule to continue debate, but House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers said it was apparent there weren’t the votes to pass the bill.

Some conservatives vow to oppose every spending measure, while the cuts in the bill may be too deep for more moderate Republicans.

The move comes as companion legislation in the Senate may be stymied Thursday by a GOP filibuster because it exceeds budget levels mandated under automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.

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