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Balanced Budget?

House Republicans appear to be lowering expectations that they can adopt a balanced-budget blueprint this year, while still keeping their commitment to cap next year's spending at the FY22 levels. House Budget Chairman Arrington said the goal to balance the budget has not gone by the wayside, but it's not the most important spending metric the GOP is eyeing in FY24. "We have to get to 218," votes he said, and without democratic support that leaves the Republicans with only four votes to spare for defections, assuming full attendance. Arrington said Republicans remain committed to "the aspirational 10-year balance," but he cautioned that it may not be feasible to adopt a budget resolution on the floor that would achieve it.