The Free Press, Mankato, MN


Budget Battle-3

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, arrives for a news conference after a House GOP meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in Washington. House GOP leaders Tuesday floated a plan to fellow Republicans to counter an emerging Senate deal to reopen the government and forestall an economy-rattling default on U.S. obligations. But the plan got mixed reviews from the rank and file and it was not clear whether it could pass the chamber. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)