White House: Obama to lay out spending plan

(AP) - There's still some work to do before the dealthat averted a government shutdown over the weekend can be enactedinto law.

It's all being put down on paper in anticipation of a House andSenate vote at midweek.

The House may also vote on a spending plan for next year fromRepublican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Democrats arepreparing to attack that plan as cutting back too much on help forAmericans who need it the most.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Obama is expected to unveil his plan toreduce the deficit.

Presidential adviser David Plouffe told NBC yesterdaythat Obama would reveal plans that include reductions in Medicareand Medicaid spending, the government's chief health programs forseniors and the poor. Plouffe says Obama "can't take a machete"to the programs, but cuts will be made carefully.Federal shutdown avoided, 2012 budget fight looms

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