Budget Battle

White House to Offer $20B in Cuts

The White House and Senate Democrats are preparing to offer $20 billion in new spending cuts in order to avoid a government shutdown—but will it be enough for the Tea Party? The offer, which is Democrats’ highest yet, comes on top of $10 billion in cuts that have already been enacted. The House GOP, however, has so far stood by its demand for $61 billion in cuts as it faces pressure from the Tea Party activists. Congress returns from recess Monday and has until April 8 before funding runs dry.