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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.

White House budget chief Jacob Lew (top) has ordered agency heads to submit spending plans for the upcoming budget at least 5 percent below this year’s levels. He also wants them to propose ways to trim a total of at least 10 percent of their spending.

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