House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) had wanted to avoid any embarrassing snafus when the new GOP budget hit the floor.
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Instead, he found trouble a week early.
Scalise and GOP leaders found themselves on their heels late Wednesday evening, after Budget Chairman Tom Price’s (R-Ga.) first budget markup screeched to a sudden and unexpected halt.
Lawmakers filed out of the hearing room, going behind closed doors to talk over provision that would allow more defense spending to add to the deficit.