House Republicans have scored a narrow win on budget cuts.
Working well past midnight, they salvaged a 50 (b) billion-dollar spending-cut plan by a vote of 217 to 216, with Democrats solidly opposed.
The measure would make modest but politically painful cuts across a wide spectrum of programs for students, farmers and poor people. Opponents claim it's unseemly at a time when Congress is also moving to O-K tax cuts that would mainly benefit the wealthy.
Republicans say putting a lid on automatic increases in things like Medicaid, food stamps and student loan subsidies is the first step toward restoring some fiscal discipline.
House Republican leaders now face tough negotiations with the bargainers for the Senate, which passed a far more modest plan earlier this month.