Automatic cuts re-emerge as budget battle issue

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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The broad, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration have re-emerged as a central issue in efforts to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default.

Many conservatives view the past seven months of lower spending levels as one of their rare accomplishments in dealing with President Barack Obama and want to continue them.

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