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Hatch: Defunding Obamacare 'Was Never Possible'

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Hatch added that the spending levels in the new plan were a victory for the GOP.

"This legislation locks in significant spending reductions against bitter opposition from the other side of the aisle who want to raise the American people’s taxes to spend more money we simply don’t have," he said. "That is an achievement that cannot be overstated."