Boehner says U.S. spending-cut target isn’t firm

WASHINGTON, March 31 (Reuters) – U.S. House of
Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday that
congressional negotiators have not settled on a final
spending-cut target that would keep the U.S. government
operating beyond an April 8 deadline.

Though Republican and Democratic staffers have begun to
assemble a bill that would cut $33 billion from the current
fiscal year, that number could still change.

“There’s no agreement on numbers” yet, Boehner said at a
news conference.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Thomas Ferraro; Editing by
Jackie Frank)

Boehner says U.S. spending-cut target isn’t firm