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President Trump’s plan to claw back more than $15 billion in spending is on life support on Capitol Hill.

GOP leaders insist they are open to Trump’s proposal, which comes after Republicans faced a backlash for passing a mammoth, $1.3 trillion spending omnibus that shredded federal budget caps.

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But despite the GOP’s broad desire to cut spending, it increasingly appears unlikely that the legislation will reach Trump’s desk, with Republicans in both chambers expressing opposition.

House moderates are worried, their colleagues say, that Democrats could weaponize the package against them in the midterm elections — an election where many of them are already facing steep headwinds.

The main political issue is that nearly half the funds that Trump wants rescinded — $7 billion of the $15.4 billion total — come from two accounts in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The administration, backed up by an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, says the rescissions would not impact CHIP spending over the next decade.

But for imperiled House Republicans, voting to remove funds from a children’s health account provides easy fodder for attack ads.

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