With the Treasury expected to need an expansion in borrowing authority by early spring, and funding authority for most government programs set to expire in late March, Republicans have made it clear they intend to use those events as leverage with the administration to win savings from Medicare and other government benefit programs.McConnell said as much moments before the 2 a.m. Tuesday vote in the Senate â¿¿ two hours after the advertised "cliff" deadline.
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