House GOP Regroups After Loss On Spending Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP leaders are regrouping after a surprise loss on a measure to provide $3.7 billion for disaster relief and prevent a government shutdown at the end of next week.

Wednesday's 230-195 defeat came at the hands of Democrats and tea party Republicans.
Democrats were opposed because the measure contains $1.5 billion in cuts to a government loan program to help car companies build fuel-efficient vehicles. For their part, many GOP conservatives
felt the underlying bill permits spending at too high a rate.

The defeat appears to give Democrats greater leverage in stripping the controversial cut to the carmaker subsidy and could lead to a deal with Senate Democrats on a larger disaster aid