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In this Dec. 9, 2009 file photo, Jacob Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a microcosm of the budget battling that has consumed Congress all year: The Obama administration wants federal agencies to save money while Republicans push for additional savings to take a substantial bite out of the government’s towering pile of IOUs.

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