FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. As the economy improves, tax receipts are rising and that will shrink the federal

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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2013 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. As the economy improves, tax receipts are rising and that will shrink the federal deficit. That development will shape the debate when Congress returns to decide whether to continue, end or modify tens of billions of dollars in automatic cuts in government spending. Some economists worry the improving numbers will reduce pressure to address the nation's long-term debt problem. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) less 

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Tue, Aug 6, 2013 9:01 PM EDT