President Obama threatened Wednesday to veto the GOP’s temporary government funding measure, which would cut this year’s spending by at least $61 billion. He argued that the bill starves crucial programs, like college aid, and threatens national security—an attempt, Politico says, to drive a wedge between the GOP ranks on Pentagon cuts. Funding for the government’s day-to-day operations runs out March 4. If a measure isn’t passed before then, the government will shut down—a prospect that doesn’t particularly trouble House Majority Leader John Boehner. “If some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it,” he said Tuesday.
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