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Ryan, Obama Vie for Upper Hand

President Barack Obama and House Speaker Paul Ryan are currently going head-to-head over the fall’s budget.

Ryan is standing his ground and claims to be fighting for a conservative agenda that is focused on controlling government spending.

“This is the legislative branch, and the power of the purse rests within the legislative branch,” Ryan said at his debut press conference. “We fully expect that we are going to exercise that power.”

White House press secretary Josh Earnest suggested that Ryan tread carefully and avoid shutting down the government.

“My suspicion is that Speaker Ryan doesn’t want to preside over a government shutdown six weeks after getting his new job,” he said.

The Hill reports:

Washington faces a Dec. 11 deadline to approve legislation preventing a government shutdown. That task was made much easier by a deal negotiated by former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), which sets a $1.07 trillion top-line spending figure for the next fiscal year.

Lawmakers must still approve legislation that specifies how that money will be spent, however, and Ryan faces demands from conservative lawmakers to attach policy riders, such as one to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“I think you’re going to see that,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), who was tapped to launch a special committee investigating Planned Parenthood, told The Hill.

Fights over government shutdowns have been good politics for Democrats, who are happy to portray Ryan and the GOP as risking a federal closure.

They’ve already started talking again about a potential shutdown, and on Tuesday Obama met with top Democratic appropriators Sen. Barbara Mikulski (Md.) and Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.).

“Democrats will stand strong and united against poison pill riders,” they said in a joint statement.

See the full story at The Hill.

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