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Republicans Use U.S. Spending Bill to Pick Policy Fights

U.S. Representative Mike Pence of Indiana had a simple message for his Republican colleagues last week when they met privately on Capitol Hill to plot budget strategy: “It’s time to pick a fight.”

Pence wasn’t just talking about holding firm on the $61 billion in cuts his party proposes for this year, he said in an interview. He was advocating to keep so-called riders in the legislation that bar funds for implementing the health-care overhaul and for Planned Parenthood, a federation of reproductive health centers that provide abortions.